Maine Tackles Ocean Acidification

Maine Tackles Ocean Acidification
Lobster shell disease is caused by bacteria that grows on the shell of the crustacean, turning it mottled black. The disease does not affect the meat of the lobster, but renders the animal unmarketable. Photo: Barbara Somers, Rhode Island Sea Grant & the University of Rhode Island

BangorDailyNews.com: With more than $400 million at stake in terms of fishing income, Maine has decided to try to do something about ocean acidification.

This past spring, the [state legislature] took up the matter of ocean acidification, which many scientists say threatens the health of much of ocean life. Increasing acidity levels in the world’s oceans has been blamed for dead or dying coral reefs in warmer climates and, in Maine, on the spread of lobster shell disease into the state’s cooler ocean climate.

Read what Maine is doing to combat ocean acidification.

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