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Researchers Explore Using Empty Oyster Shells to Decrease Acidic Seawater

Seafood Month 2017

Oregon Sea Grant has invested nearly $1.4 million in NOAA research dollars since 2010 to explore the effects of ocean acidification.

This recently published video explores the use of empty oyster shells as buffers to help the west coast shellfish industry overcome the consequences of ocean acidification. The empty shells dissolve and emit calcium and carbonate into the water, much like an antacid, potentially mitigating the effects of ocean acidification.

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