Ocean Tipping Point Creature

Marine researchers and ACSF Faculty Fellows Drew Harvell and Maya Groner call for action toward the management of marine diseases and ocean ecosystems in their article in The Hill  

Tipping Back the Balance Toward Healthy Oceans

July 9, 2016

Ocean Tipping Point Creature

Marine researchers and ACSF Faculty Fellows Drew Harvell and Maya Groner call for action toward the management of marine diseases and ocean ecosystems in their article in The Hill 

Whether we live close to them or not, we rely on our oceans for so much more than fish. Oceans also filter toxins, absorb carbon dioxide, provide recreation for millions and yields important marine products, such as biofuels from algae.

These ocean services can be severely compromised by disease outbreaks among little-appreciated plants and animals like seagrasses, corals, sea stars, lobsters, abalones, oysters and fish. Just in the past year, we have witnessed thousands of strandings by sea lions from domoic acid toxicosis, thousands of beachings of dolphins from morbillivirus and widespread devastation of starfish due to sea star wasting disease. Over 20 species of sea stars — keystone species that were common three years ago — have virtually disappeared from many California, Oregon and Washington shores . . . Read more