Humboldt Bay is now the third body of water in California to host the “Burke-o-Lator,” a device that will work to monitor how the state’s second largest enclosed bay and its renowned shellfish industry are affected by ocean acidification.
The scientific instrument was installed earlier this month where it is neighbored by young oysters at Hog Island Oyster Company’s hatchery in Samoa. It’s no coincidence that the Burke-o-Lator’s latest home is at California’s largest shellfish producing region. Ocean acidification weakens oysters’ and other shellfishes’ ability to produce strong calcium carbonate shells and therefore threatens one of the regions largest economic drivers.
The monitoring project is being led by a team of researchers from Humboldt State University, Oregon State University and California Sea Grant with collaboration with other agencies and the Wiyot Tribe.