Read the lawsuit complaint: CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

Ocean acidification strips seawater of calcium carbonate, an essential building block for marine organisms that build shells. Consequently, shellfish in Oregon have experienced a dramatic collapse in production. Beginning in 2005, billions of oyster larvae have perished in the Pacific Northwest hatcheries that rely on the region’s seawater, with some hatcheries losing up to 80 percent of their larvae. Scientists have definitively linked the oyster production problems in hatcheries to ocean acidification.