Living shorelines (as opposed to concrete seawalls) have proven to be one of the best buffers against rising seas and storm surges in coastal communities. One of the best ways to naturally buffer shorelines is to build oyster reefs and in New York City, a city-wide effort to grow oysters is successfully helping to protect […]Continue Reading 379 words
Millions of oysters are consumed in the United States each year but these trendy bivalves are coming under increasing threat from ocean acidification resulting from climate change. Animals like shellfish, corals and sea urchins need carbonate ions to build their shells and other structures yet the more oceans acidify, the scarcer those essential building blocks […]Continue Reading 435 words
- climate change
- Gulf of Mexico
- ocean acidification
- ocean warming
Warming ocean temperatures are causing massive changes for fishermen, some of which may force them out of business, according to several recent stories examining the impacts of climate change on the fishing industry.
Why This Matters: Warming waters that shift fish populations make a barely viable business downright impossible for many small and medium-sized fishing operations. Not to mention the additional fuel and time it takes to chase fewer fish, that are now found farther from ports. Watching this play out is painful in U.S. fishing communities, but for many parts of the world, it could become a real food security crisis. The U.S. government currently is very lethargic in changing its fisheries management schemes even as the evidence of shifting fish populations grows. Given the challenges of climate change, a more engaged approach to fisheries management that takes climate change into account is needed. It will benefit the fishermen and the fish populations as well.Continue Reading 513 words
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