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Shellfish genetics could be the key to climate change adaptation

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

Abstract

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.

Published On

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Keywords

Sector Addressed: 
Fisheries
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Biodiversity
Fishery harvest
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies