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Pacific oysters serving as ocean acidification sentinels

SEATTLE, WA – Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are assisting Northwest shellfish hatchery managers with their fight against a collapse in oyster seed production.

Carolyn Friedman and Steven Roberts, faculty members of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at UW, are heading up the work.  Together with their students, they are testing the effects of increased water temperatures, re-emerging pathogens, and ocean acidification – the focus of this column – to help determine why young Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) are dying, both in hatcheries and in the wild.

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