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Taylor Shellfish Farms in Washington State is one of many such enterprises seeing the effects of ocean acidification.

Video: How Acidifying Oceans Are Ruining Shellfish Farms

ICTMN Staff
10/21/14

Ocean acidification caused by the absorption of carbon dioxide is becoming more and more prevalent, to the point where it is now affecting shellfish.

"The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor, a fifth-generation worker at the family-owned Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington, in this video based on a chapter in the National Climae Assessment report issued by President Barack Obama’s administration earlier this year.

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Tribes have reported the same phenomenon as well, in their installations.

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The National Climate Assessment, this video by the Story Group points out, says that about a quarter of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by the atmosphere, they fall into the ocean. It is clear even now that the ocean acidification “will alter marine ecosystems in dramatic yet uncertain ways,” as the video commentary puts it.

“It’s something that we deal with on a day-to-day basis,” Taylor says. “It’s not something that’s going to happen in five or ten years.”

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