US experts to help protect NZ Aquaculture

Filed under: Ocean Acidification, Projects 

This article refers to a workshop organized mainly by Todd Capson from our team, working with partners in NZ and with the Marine Conservation Institute:

Aquaculture experts from the United States and New Zealand are meeting in Nelson to focus on protecting the $350 million industry in New Zealand from harmful ocean acidification.

About 60 shellfish experts will share knowledge at the workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ocean acidification is the progressive increase in the acidity of the ocean, which caused a dramatic decline in Pacific oyster larvae in the United States in 2007.

It is not a problem in New Zealand currently, but it is important ocean monitoring systems are in place to enable the government to track future changes in ocean chemistry, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

“There are key lessons to be learned from our colleagues in the United States that will assist us in focusing research, planning and management practices to enable the industry to grow despite pH decline,” Cawthron Institute aquaculture scientist Dr Norman Ragg says.

The New Zealand aquaculture industry is worth $350m a year.

Source: http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8764858/us-experts-to-help-protect-nz-aquaculture

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