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Alaskan fishing industry under threat from climate change

Joe Chivers | Science Recorder | July 29, 2014

Alaskan fishing industry under threat from climate change

Alaska’s fishing industry could soon be threatened by increasing ocean acidity, says an NOAA-led study.

Alaska’s fishing industry could soon be threatened by increasing ocean acidity, says an NOAA-led study to be published in the journal Progress in Oceanography. The acidification is due to increasing carbon dioxide release, which is absorbed by the ocean

Molluscs, such as the aforementioned Red King crab may struggle in acidic water, and find it difficult to maintain their shells and skeletons. As well as this, it has previously been shown in studies that Red King crabs die in highly acidic water, and both it and the Tanner crab grow more slowly in acidic water.

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