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Press Release 13-102

World Oceans Month Brings Mixed News for Oysters

Ocean acidification inhibits shell formation, but interventions at hatcheries may offset some effects, scientists find

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Research site in Netarts Bay, Oregon, at low tide with rows of bags containing seed oysters.

Research site in Netarts Bay, Oregon, at low tide; rows of bags contain seed oysters.

Credit: R. Mabardy, OSU


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Close-up image of an oyster at a hatchery in Oregon

Oysters at hatcheries in Oregon are showing the effects of ocean acidification.

Credit: OSU


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Oyster larvae are placed into growing tanks at Oregon's Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery.

Oyster larvae are placed into growing tanks at Oregon's Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery.

Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU


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Researcher behind screen with oyster larvae at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery.

Researcher behind screen with oyster larvae at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery.

Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU


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Healthy Pacific oysters at Taylor Shellfish Farms

Pacific oysters, healthy at Taylor Shellfish Farms; will the oysters survive ocean acidification?

Credit: Taylor Shellfish Farm, NOAA


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Pacific oyster embryo, seen under a light microscope

Pacific oyster embryo, seen under a light microscope. Formation of first shell has just begun.

Credit: G. Waldbusser, OSU


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