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Alaska's Resilient Crabs Not Immune to Rapidly Acidifying Seas

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Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn
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In 2009, The Seattle Times reported that ocean acidification – the plummeting pH of seas from carbon...

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Graduate student Asia Beder holds a mature red king crab pulled from a tank at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward, Alaska. New research suggests ocean acidification poses a significant threat to Alaska’s famed red king crab industry. Image by Steve Ringman. Alaska, 2013.

Fishermen have found fortune and adventure in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea. But ocean acidification caused by carbon emissions has begun to alter the chemistry of the North Pacific, posing threat for Alaska's crabs. PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and The Seattle Times.

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