(What do you see when the smog lifts over Los Angeles? UCLA..)
The ocean collects acidified air pollution from everywhere.
Automobiles certainly, but big power generation is the main producer of marine acidification.
Partyboats like mine will be less likely to benefit. But private boats & charters, fishing only from one side or the stern, will enjoy immensely.
They provide nothing except a learning experience in reef construction.
So we need more sand, do we?
Trawl for summer flounder might be a consideration, but I’ve never seen a trawler work in now-licensed areas. Indeed, OC’s trawl fishers, some with over 50 years experience, signed off on the present windfield chart.
It really is that simple.
Instead of relying on “Catch Restriction” to restore our region’s fisheries to historical heights, we must instead discover what reefs were lost and restore them. Restoration’s as simple as rolling rocks from a barge.
Where today we are on the brink of re-enlivening estuarine oyster populations using rock substrates, we might again see blue waters as they witnessed three generations ago — might again see billfish just 5 miles off the beach — Acidification continued means we’ll have no chance at oyster reef restoration. They’ll not be able to form shells at their earliest life stages.
Corals too – kaput.
Scallops? Uh hu..
On and on.
Will Maryland’s Marine Wind Energy component resolve threat of ocean acidification? Heck No.
But it’s a start.
Wind towers are a whole lot less ugly than a dead sea.
The views expressed here are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of Our Maryland or Our Maryland Education Fund.