The environmentalists on the coronary heart of Maine’s booming oyster enterprise

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4 Mook Sea Farm staff started their first oyster harvest of the day on Sept. 22 later than normal, given the morning’s torrential rain and lightning. On some days when there’s a downpour a state alert shuts down oyster harvesting till water purity will be examined, as extra runoff into rivers may end up in unhealthy ranges of micro organism within the shellfish, which are sometimes eaten uncooked.

However on this present day the employees had been free to tug up floating oyster cages from the Damariscotta River, close to South Bristol. Below overcast skies, they yanked out six muddy baggage from every cage full of lots of of oysters and dumped them into massive bins on the boat. In a single hour they harvested practically 50,000 oysters to take again to the warehouse to course of and ship to native eating places.

Scientists and oyster farmers have seen extra intense storms over time, which have brought about frequent shutdowns. Oyster farmers in Maine have additionally needed to cope with one other results of local weather change: ocean acidification. Research present that the change within the chemistry of seawater, attributable to the ocean absorbing extra carbon dioxide, can sluggish the expansion of oyster larvae shells — and may typically even dissolve them.

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