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  • Acidic Chesapeake Bay water could threaten oysters

    Fox News - 02/07/2014

    As the world’s oceans get more acidic, Chesapeake Bay oysters could be at risk.

    A more acidic bay could make it more difficult for mollusks, such as oysters, to build their shells through a process called calcification. But it could help crustaceans, such as blue crabs, build their shells more quickly, said Justin Ries, a professor at the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University in Boston.

    This could disrupt the evolutionary balance of the two, Ries said, because blue crabs prey on oysters.