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nsf.gov - National Sciencie Foundation - Ocean acidification a culprit in commercial shellfish hatcheries' failures.- La acidificación del océano un culpable en fallas de viveros de crustáceos comerciales '

Hola amigos:  A VUELO DE UN QUINDE EL BLOG., hemos recibido la información de la Fundación Nacional de Ciencias de Los Estados Unidos de América, dándonos a conocer que. que la acidificación de los océanos están perjudicando el desarrollo de las larvas de los crustáceos tan indispensables en la alimentación humana.
NSF, nos dice   : "...Nuevo estudio encuentra bajo nivel de 'estado de saturación' perjudiciales para las larvas de bivalvos............
NSF. agrega : "La mortalidad de las larvas de las ostras del Pacífico en los criaderos del Noroeste se ha vinculado a la acidificación del océano. Sin embargo, la tasa de aumento de dióxido de carbono en la atmósfera y la disminución del pH en las aguas cercanas a la costa han sido cuestionados por ser lo suficientemente grave como para causar la mortandad....."
NSF. añade: "....Ahora, un nuevo estudio de la ostra del Pacífico y larvas de mejillón mediterráneo encontró que los estadios larvales tempranos son sensibles a la saturación del estado, en lugar de dióxido de carbono (CO2) o el pH (acidez) per se......"
NSF. asimismo nos dice "...Estado de saturación es una medida de la corrosiva agua de mar es a las conchas de carbonato de calcio hechas por las larvas de bivalvos, y lo fácil que es para las larvas para producir sus conchas. Una tasa de saturación inferior se asocia con agua de mar más corrosivo...El aumento de CO2 disminuye estado de saturación, dicen los investigadores, y el estado de saturación es muy sensible al CO2............."

New study finds low level of 'saturation state' harmful to bivalve larvae

Man holding Mediterranean mussels at the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm
Mediterranean mussels at the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm in Washington's Puget Sound.
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December 15, 2014
The mortality of larval Pacific oysters in Northwest hatcheries has been linked to ocean acidification. Yet the rate of increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the decrease of pH in near-shore waters have been questioned as being severe enough to cause the die-offs.
Now, a new study of Pacific oyster and Mediterranean mussel larvae found that the earliest larval stages are sensitive to saturation state, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) or pH (acidity) per se.
Saturation state is a measure of how corrosive seawater is to the calcium carbonate shells made by bivalve larvae, and how easy it is for larvae to produce their shells. A lower saturation rate is associated with more corrosive seawater.
Increasing CO2 lowers saturation state, the researchers say, and saturation state is very sensitive to CO2.
The scientists used unique chemical manipulations of seawater to identify the sensitivity of saturation state for larval bivalves such as mussels and oysters.
Results of the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), are reported this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.
"Biological oceanographers have speculated that early life stages of marine organisms might be particularly sensitive to ocean acidification, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown for most species," says David Garrison, program director in NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research through an ocean acidification competition.
NSF's Directorates for Geosciences and for Biological Sciences supported the ocean acidification awards.
"This research is an important step," says Garrison, "in being able to predict, and perhaps mitigate, the effects of ocean acidification on coastal resources."
Commercial hatchery failures
The findings help explain commercial hatchery failures, and why improving water chemistry in those hatcheries has been successful.
Shellfish hatcheries are now altering water chemistry to create more favorable saturation state conditions for young bivalves.
"Bivalves have been around for a long time and have survived different geologic periods of high carbon dioxide levels in marine environments," says George Waldbusser, an Oregon State University (OSU) marine ecologist and biogeochemist and lead author of the paper.
"The difference is that in the past, alkalinity (the opposite of acidity) levels buffered increases in CO2, which kept the saturation state higher relative to pH. In the present ocean, the processes that contribute buffering to the ocean cannot keep pace with the rate of CO2 increase.
"As long as the saturation state is high, the oysters and mussels we tested could tolerate CO2 concentrations almost 10 times what they are today."
The idea that bivalve development and growth is not as linked to CO2 or pH levels as previously thought initially seems positive.
However, the reverse is true, Waldbusser says.
Larvae sensitive to saturation state
Larval oysters and mussels are so sensitive to the saturation state (which is lowered by increasing CO2) that the threshold for danger will be crossed "decades to centuries," says Waldbusser, ahead of when CO2 increases (and pH decreases) alone would pose a threat to bivalve larvae.
"At the current rate of change, there is not much more room for the waters off the Oregon coast, for example, to absorb more CO2 without crossing the threshold," Waldbusser says.
The study builds on previous research by Waldbusser and colleagues that outlined the mechanisms by which young bivalves create their shells after fertilization.
The researchers found that young oysters and mussels build their shells within 48 hours to successfully begin feeding at a rate fast enough to survive, and that the rate of shell-building required significant energy expenditures.
In the presence of acidic water, the oysters and mussels had to divert too much energy to shell-building and lacked the energy to swim and get food.
Sinking shellfish
"The hatcheries call it 'lazy larvae syndrome' because these tiny oysters just sink in the water and stop swimming," Waldbusser says.
"These organisms have really sensitive windows to ocean acidification--even more sensitive than we thought."
In the current study, the researchers used high-resolution images to analyze the development of oyster and mussel shells.
They found that the organisms--which are about 1/100th the diameter of a human hair--build a complete calcium carbonate shell within six hours, about 12 hours after fertilization.
Alter the ocean chemistry just a bit, however, and a greater proportion of the shells do not develop normally.
The ones that do are smaller, leading to potentially weaker organisms that take longer to get to a size where they can settle into adult life.
"When the water is more saturated and has greater alkalinity it helps offset higher levels of carbon dioxide, ensuring that shell formation can proceed--and also making the shells bigger," Waldbusser says. "This can have a significant effect on their survivability."
Other OSU researchers involved in the work include Burke Hales, Chris Langdon, Brian Haley, Paul Schrader, Elizabeth Brunner, Matthew Gray, Cale Miller and Iria Gimenez.
Media Contacts Cheryl Dybas, NSF, (703) 292-7734,
Mark Floyd, OSU, (541) 737-0788,

Related WebsitesNSF Grant: A mechanistic understanding of the impacts of ocean acidification on the early life stages of marine bivalves:
NSF News: Ocean Acidification: NSF awards $11.4 million in new grants to study effects on marine ecosystems:
NSF News: World Oceans Month Brings Mixed News for Oysters: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=128228
NSF News: NSF News: Ocean Acidification Linked With Larval Oyster Failure in Hatcheries: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123822
NSF News and Audioslideshow: On 'Earth Week,' World Is No Longer Our Oyster: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=116767

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View of the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm
View of the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm, where mussel larvae are sensitive to ocean acidification.
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close-up of shellfish affected by what's called saturation state.
Scientists have found that shellfish are affected by what's called saturation state.
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containers with oyster larvae samples for testing in the lab.
The effects of low saturation state waters were tested on oyster larvae.
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Two-day-old Pacific oyster larvae showed abnormal growth with changes in saturation state.
Two-day-old Pacific oyster larvae showed abnormal growth with changes in saturation state.
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Marine ecologists study ocean water chemistry the lab.
Marine ecologists study ocean water chemistry back in the lab.
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