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IAEA Workshop Warns Ocean Acidification Threatens Seafood Supply

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2012.11.23 / 1,141

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"Better protection of shoreline natural systems, such as mangrove swamps and sea grass meadows, will help reduce the impact of increasing ocean acidification on fisheries and aquaculture, an IAEA co-hosted Workshop has recommended to policy makers.

Marine fisheries face many forms of stress. Ocean acidification is likely to affect them both directly and indirectly. The Workshop found that currently not enough research has been done to determine the effects of the anticipated levels of ocean acidity on finfish. However, many edible shellfish may suffer under future ocean conditions. Ocean acidity's indirect effects on the food consumed by all types of marine life and their habitats, and thus on the potential marine food harvest, may be of greater concern to local fisher communities.

Regional differences in the vulnerability of fisheries to acidification and other factors worsening the effects of acidification, such as global warming, the destruction of habitat, overfishing, and pollution must be addressed, the Workshop said."

Full article available at:
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2012/seafoodsupply.html
IAEA November 20, 2012
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