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Water 2014, 6(6), 1719-1744; doi:10.3390/w6061719
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Exposure of Mediterranean Countries to Ocean Acidification

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Received: 28 February 2014 / Revised: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 3 June 2014 / Published: 16 June 2014
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Abstract

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.
Keywords: fisheries; aquaculture; ocean acidification; Mediterranean Sea; economic development; multidisciplinary study fisheries; aquaculture; ocean acidification; Mediterranean Sea; economic development; multidisciplinary study
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Hilmi, N.; Allemand, D.; Cinar, M.; Cooley, S.; Hall-Spencer, J.M.; Haraldsson, G.; Hattam, C.; Jeffree, R.A.; Orr, J.C.; Rehdanz, K.; Reynaud, S.; Safa, A.; Dupont, S. Exposure of Mediterranean Countries to Ocean Acidification. Water 2014, 6, 1719-1744.

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