Journal Article

Exposure of Mediterranean Countries to Ocean Acidification

Authors

  • Nathalie Hilmi
  • Caroline Hattam
  • Katrin Rehdanz
  • Denis Allemand
  • Mine Cinar
  • Sarah Cooley
  • Jason M. Hall-Spencer
  • Gunnar Haraldson
  • Ross A. Jeffree
  • James C. Orr
  • Stéphanie Reynaud
  • Alain Safa
  • Sam Dupont
Publication Date

This study examines the potential effects of ocean acidification on countries and fisheries of the Mediterranean Sea. The implications for seafood security and supply are evaluated by examining the sensitivity of the Mediterranean to ocean acidification at chemical, biological, and macro-economic levels. The limited information available on impacts of ocean acidification on harvested (industrial, recreational, and artisanal fishing) and cultured species (aquaculture) prevents any biological impact assessment. However, it appears that non-developed nations around the Mediterranean, particularly those for which fisheries are increasing, yet rely heavily on artisanal fleets, are most greatly exposed to socioeconomic consequences from ocean acidification.

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DOI
10.3390/w6061719

Key Words

  • aquaculture
  • economic development
  • fisheries
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • multidisciplinary study
  • Ocean acidification