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Press Release 12-070

Ocean Acidification Linked With Larval Oyster Failure in Hatcheries

Increase in ocean acidification led to collapse of oyster seed production at Oregon hatchery

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Photo of a hand holding oysters raised in a hatchery in Oregon.

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

Credit: OSU


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Photo of Netarts Bay, Oregon.

Ocean acidification comes to Netarts Bay, Oregon, visible in its hatchery oysters.

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Forceps holding spat or oyster seed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

"Spat" or oyster seed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU


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Photo of a man placing oyster larvae into a growing tank.

At Oregon's Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery, oyster larvae are placed into growing tanks.

Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU


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Photo of a researcher behind a screen with oyster larvae.

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

Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU


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Photo of a screen covered with oyster larvae at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery.

A screen covered with oyster larvae at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery.

Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU


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