Report IDs ocean acidification threats to Alaska’s coastal resources, Native American communities

It’s pretty sad and I think very tragic that this is happening…Not only to Alaska, but to anyplace that this is happening! 😦

Summit County Citizens Voice

Important crab fisheries to suffer as oceans turn warm and acidiic

A nice haul of blue crabs. Crabs are among the many commercially important species that will struggle as oceans grow warmer and more acidic. bberwyn photo.

Staff Report

FRISCO —Alaska’s economically important crab fishery and other coastal and ocean resources face significant global warming threats, according to a new study led by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The research findings, to be published online in the journal Progress in Oceanography, show that many of Alaska’s nutritionally and economically valuable marine fisheries are located in waters that are already experiencing ocean acidification.

Communities in southeast and southwest Alaska face the highest risk from ocean acidification because they rely heavily on fisheries that are expected to be most affected by ocean acidification. Some of those Native American communities are also more vulnerable to economic risks because of lower average incomes and  fewer…

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