6-18-10: Your Oysters on Acid
At the end of May, Governor Martin O’Malley announced his long-anticipated plan for increasing oyster sanctuaries and jump-starting oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay. The goal, of course, is to help oyster populations in the bay recover from years of over-harvesting and disease. Recent research from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), though, focuses on a different threat Bay oysters face: acid. More specifically, the acidity of the water they grow in.
Nathan talks two of the researchers– George Waldbusser, a biologist at Oregon State University; and Roger Newell, a professor at UMCES.