Ocean acidification may make fish foolhardy | Science News


Support credible science journalism.

Subscribe to Science News today.


Ocean acidification may make fish foolhardy

Rising carbon dioxide may rob fish larvae of their ability to sense predators and survive

4:16pm, July 6, 2010

Baby fish become confused and reckless in water with high levels of dissolved carbon dioxide, a new study shows. This leads to higher death rates and may mean that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, which causes ocean acidification, will reduce the number of fish in the ocean.

“It shows we should be concerned with even minor changes in aquatic ecology, because it’s going to have dramatic effects on the survival of fish,” says Grant Brown, a freshwater behavioral ecologist at Concordia University in Montreal who was not involved in the study. “There are very fine-scale, yet extreme critical effects going on.”

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News