Actions Being Taken
As continuous efforts to monitor ocean acidification worldwide have only very recently begun, it is still too early to predict exactly how the impacts of ocean acidification will affect the overall structure of marine ecosystems and each of the organisms, but it is certain that it is happening. Scientists are scrambling to catch up to this ever-accelerating intensification of phenomenon, scientists, resource managers and policy-makers are being called upon to make a swift and sound decision to taking environmental actions. Recent solutions to protect the 100 million dollar a year shellfish industry are instruments that measure changes in acid levels in the water to warn oyster growers when to stop the flow of water to their hatcheries. But this kind of intervention does nothing for wild species. Unless humans are able to drastically control our burning of fossil fuels, marine organisms will be under increasing pressure to adapt to their new environment or die.