The impact of ocean acidification on the fertilization, larval development and recruitment of key Australian marine organisms (2009–2011)
Rising atmospheric CO2 is increasing ocean acidity and lowering carbonate ion concentrations of the world s oceans. So far, attention has focused on the serious implications this has for adult carbonate accreting organisms such as reef-building corals and planktonic organisms such as coccolithophores. Evidence is mounting, however, that a wide array of other tropical and temperate organisms are also highly vulnerable, especially during their early development and larval stages. Our project brings together a multi-institutional team to explore the impact of ocean acidification on the developing stages of a wide variety of marine organisms, which are crucial for Australia s natural ecosystems and aquaculture industries.