New tool helps oyster growers prepare for changing ocean chemistry
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Back in 2013, Mook teamed up with fisherman-turned-oceanographer Joe Salisbury of the University of New Hampshire to understand how changing seawater chemistry may hamper the growth and survival of oysters in his hatchery and oyster farm.
“We see a growth opportunity for this equipment,” Salisbury says.
He and his team are now using “black boxes” in the waters off Puerto Rico to map where changes in acidity may contribute to coral reef erosion.
Starting this year, NOAA Ship will be outfitted with black boxes to collect carbonate chemistry data during fisheries surveys along the eastern seaboard.
NOAA will use this data to help improve predictions of how ocean acidification may affect valuable resources and the people, like Mook, whose livelihoods depend on them.