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Press Release 10-062

On 'Earth Week,' World Is No Longer Our Oyster

Acidifying oceans dramatically stunt growth of already threatened shellfish

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Photo of Tomales Bay and the words Audio Slideshow.

Follow researchers gathering oysters on Tomales Bay in this audio slideshow.

Credit: Kai McConnell, National Science Foundation

 

Photo of extensive oyster reefs that line Tomales Bay.

Extensive oyster reefs still line Tomales Bay, but for how long?

Credit: Annaliese Hettinger


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Photo of Bodega Marine Lab scientists collecting oysters for research in Tomales Bay.

Bodega Marine Lab scientists muck about in Tomales Bay, collecting oysters for research.

Credit: Annaliese Hettinger


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Photo of an oyster larvae.

Oyster larvae, like the one pictured here, are reacting to more acidic seawater.

Credit: Kirk Sato


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Photo of adult oysters soon to be separated for culturing for lab experiments.

Adult oysters soon to be separated for culturing for lab experiments.

Credit: Kirk Sato


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Photo of researchers tracking the effects of increased ocean acidity on juvenile oysters.

In the lab, researchers track the effects of increased ocean acidity on juvenile oysters.

Credit: Annaliese Hettinger


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