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Marine Science

Oyster losses are not due to climate change alone

Oyster losses are not due to climate change alone

A recent article in The Baltimore Sun (“Research links dramatic declines in Chesapeake Bay oyster population to warmer winters — not overfishing,” Oct. 30) described a study concluding that a climate cycle, rather than overharvest and habitat degradation, was the primary cause of the decline of oysters along the East Coast. Unfortunately, the study reflected a selective assessment of the scientific evidence, rendering its conclusion unfounded.

The study focused on a climate cycle — the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). The NAO influences...

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