Shellfish genetics could be the key to climate change adaptation

Shady Grove Oliver
Posted on: 3/17/2016 - Updated on: 1/18/2019

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Tera Johnson



A recent NOAA study found that by 2040, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries may no longer be sustainable because of ocean acidification, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place. We recently reported on a hatchery in Oregon that’s become a model for adapting to these different conditions. But the long term solution may actually lie in shellfish genes. Evolution and resiliency are the buzzwords for a sustainable mariculture industry in Alaska, a state that is particularly vulnerable.


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Target Climate Changes and Impacts