Changing ecosystem concerns fishermen

Scientists aren’t sure yet how the trend, which is believed to be tied to human-induced climate change, will affect ocean life in the gulf. But there is rising concern — especially among fishermen — that changes in the ocean ecosystem could severely damage some of the fisheries that are the backbone of the region’s seafood industry.

The effects of warming and acidification are showing up all over the world, including in and along the gulf.

“We’ve seen levels of acid that rival some of the highest levels recorded anywhere,” said professor of marine science Mark Green, whose work at St. Joseph’s College in Standish has focused exclusively on ocean acidification. “Many coastal areas are increasing three times faster than open ocean.”

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