UC Davis Study Shows Effects Of Climate Change On Oyster Farming

A four-year academic study funded by California Sea Grant and conducted by lead researcher Ted Grosholz of UC Davis found that oyster habitats in bays and estuaries along the California coast can be impacted by climate change.

The study, conducted from 2014-17, was performed in Tomales Bay and the research found that the greatest impact on oysters occurred in the earliest stages of development, particularly when the oyster was ready to start forming its shell.

Increased ocean temperatures, increased runoff from rivers and the inflow of upwelled ocean waters all combine to affect the growth of oysters, according to the study.

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