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Strange Orange Robots Sail Into Dutch Harbor. Just What Are They Up To
Aquatic robots have been spotted in the Aleutian Islands. Two ocean-going drones were seen sailing into Dutch Harbor Monday night with no one on board.
NOAA and partners sail to the Gulf of Alaska to study ocean acidification
The waters of Alaska are vast, cold and vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification. On Tuesday July 14, 2015 NOAA and partners departed to survey new waters in the Gulf of Alaska. “This will be the first broad scale, comprehensive survey in this area” said Dr. Jessica Cross, chief scientist for this expedition. The team from NOAA and the University of Alaska will be looking at the distribution of pteropods and other microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) during the survey. The data collected on this cruise will allow scientists at NOAA and University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) to make more accurate predictions of future conditions of the Gulf of Alaska.
Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Hatcheries
New research paints an unsettling picture of the future of shellfish in coastal Alaska. The effects of ocean acidification are worsening and could mean the end of hatcheries in the next 25 years if costly mitigation efforts aren’t put in place.
Climate Change Could Drain Global Seafood Supplies
Seafood lovers are set to see less shellfish, salmon and other fish on their dinner plates as climate change warms the oceans and makes them more acidic.
Rapidly Acidifying Arctic Ocean Threatens Species
Parts of the Arctic Ocean within the next 10 years could reach levels of ocean acidification that would threaten the ability of marine animals to form shells, new research suggests.