Acidifying oceans and the future of molluscs: implications for food security?

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Documenting ocean acidification and coral decay in the Pacific. Photo by Jamie Oliver.

Some of the threats posed by climate change can appear rather esoteric or abstract. One of these is ocean acidification – it is not immediately obvious why we should care. A recent paper by Sara Cooley and colleagues give a good example of why the threat of changing ocean chemistry matters.

More fish – surely we just need to farm the sea?

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Molluscs are the principal farmed marine product: giant clam exclosure, Solomon Islands. Photo by Mike McCoy

Some of the threats posed by climate change can appear rather esoteric or abstract. One of these is ocean acidification – it is not immediately obvious why we should care. A recent paper by Sara Cooley and colleagues give a good example of why the threat of changing ocean chemistry matters.

Plenty of Fish in the Sea?

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Investment in sustainable aquaculture essential, floating cages in the Philippines. Photo credit Wilfredo Yap

How many of us have been told at some point in our lives “don’t worry…there’s plenty more fish in the sea”?

This old proverb might comfort us for disappointment in love, but taken in its most literal sense, few people seem to believe it.