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Ocean Blooming

Ocean Blooming

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, May 26, 2015/Categories: natural history, marine life, sustainability, environment

                                       Blue-green Algal Blooms in the North Atlantic (credit: NASA)

The North Atlantic was once one of the most productive fisheries in the world. Overfishing and water pollution from New England to Canada's Maritime Provinces has greatly reduced the once abundant stocks of cod and other commercial species. Restoration of the fisheries is possible if they are given half a chance at recovery.

Using a combination of visible and infrared light, anew  satellite image shows one of the prime drivers for all the Atlantic productivity, blooms of blue-green algae and diatoms. The explosion in plant growth is fostered by regional cold currents and the upwelling of nutrients from the ocean depths. Fish of all kinds consume the abundant plant material in a long food chain. The algae also contribute to the world's oxygen through photosynthesis as they bloom and spread throughout the ocean.

Let the ocean blooming and fisheries recovery continue.


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