Scientists from a local nature reserve who examined the waters of the bay said 95% of sea life to the depth of 10 to 15 meters was dead.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used by farmers to protect crops like strawberries, broccoli and citrus fruit from insect pests. In recent years, though, scientists have found evidence that exposure to chlorpyrifos residues can harm the developing brains of small children, even in the womb.
That’s not a dire prediction linked to climate change. It’s already starting to happen as the ocean gets more acidic. And for the Lowcountry, ocean acidification might not even be the real threat. It might be what scientists call the one-two punch of acidification and low oxygen in the estuaries, the nursery for the shellfish we eat – shrimp, oysters, clams.
Story by Charmaine Coimbra The diminutive Dr. Chelsea Rochman shared a big fish story. She reeled in tiny Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) for research, and landed big results–results that could change the way we consume and what we eat. She calls it “the… Read More ›
By Ruth Reader Historic eutrophic and hypoxic zones, from the World Resources Institute’s interactive map Read more: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-biggest-dead-zones-in-americas-waterways#ixzz2YqOYw4zq Follow us: @motherboard on Twitter | motherboardtv on Facebook The NOAA forecasted that this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic “dead” zone will be… Read More ›
June 18, 2013 NOAA photo Less oxygen dissolved in the water is often referred to as a “dead zone” (in red above) because most marine life either dies, or, if they are mobile such as fish, leave the area. Habitats… Read More ›