Study: Acidic ocean could devastate Cape Cod and Islands shellfish industry

Study: Acidic ocean could devastate Cape Cod and Islands shellfish industry

But comparatively little attention has been paid to the multiplier effect these nutrients have on ocean acidification in those same water bodies. A new report from the state Commission on Ocean Acidification, released Tuesday, said an increasingly acidic ocean threatens the state's $400-million-a-year shellfish industry, and could devastate coastal waters where nutrient loading adds to already elevated ocean acidity. More:Grants offer needed relief for shellfish harvesters“It’s clear we need to establish a broad ocean monitoring system,” said state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro. Ocean acidification occurs when carbon dioxide in the air is absorbed at a rate and quantity that lowers the pH, a measure of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is. The legislation will also amend appropriate existing laws to account for ocean acidification.

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