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Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Science | Environment

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In World

OPB/EarthFix | June 2, 2017 9 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The more carbon dioxide in the air, the more acidic oceans become – preventing oysters and tiny marine snails at the base of the food chain from forming shells. 

Water | History | local | News | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

A Forgotten Hero's Shipwreck Imperils Washington's Oysters

OPB | March 26, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Bay Center, Washington

Bay Center residents in Southwest Washington feared the worst when a neglected boat began to sink in the Palix River. Leaking oil was a concern to local oyster farmers in nearby Willapa Bay.

Fish & Wildlife | Animals | News | local | Environment

Willapa Bay Oyster Bed Abandoned As Burrowing Shrimp Take Over

Daily Astorian | Aug. 7, 2016 10:07 a.m.

Last week, prominent Willapa oysterman Dave Nisbet’s crew hurried to evacuate oysters from a vital bed near the mouth of Cedar River, racing to move them before they smother and die in loose muck churned up by the prolific shrimp.

Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Ghost Shrimp, Oyster Herpes And Global Warming’s Evil Twin

Crosscut | June 15, 2016 5 p.m. | Seattle

Keeping Washington's $270 million-a-year oyster industry afloat means addressing some looming threats. Here's a primer on some of the biggies.

Fish & Wildlife | Food | Environment

The Raw Truth About Washington’s Oysters

Crosscut | June 15, 2016 5 p.m. | Seattle

Shellfish are a big business in Washington with major environmental implications. It all started with San Francisco's appetite for oysters after the gold rush.

Fish & Wildlife | Food | Environment

The Surprisingly Complex Business Of Putting Heaven On The Half Shell

Crosscut | June 15, 2016 5 p.m. | Seattle

Most people's impression of Washington's shellfish industry is hazy at best. Here's what it takes to put oysters on your plate.

NW Life | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Sustainability | Agriculture

Washington Oyster Growers Again Ask For Permission To Use Pesticides

AP | Jan. 12, 2016 12:16 p.m. | Seattle

Oyster growers say their farms will become unusable without the use of pesticides.

Think Out Loud

Ocean Acidity Is Harming Oysters

OPB | Feb. 12, 2015 12:35 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the impacts of ocean acidity on shellfish.

Think Out Loud

Ocean Acidification Creates Problems For Shellfish Farms

OPB | Dec. 3, 2012 12:45 p.m.

Ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on Northwest shellfish farms.