12 Mar '12, 2am

Can shellfish be a profitable food source and clean up the Arabian Gulf?

Can shellfish be a profitable food source and clean up the Arabian Gulf?

Resurrecting the Arab Gulf's oyster beds could provide natural water treatment and food security. Image: KZO Education Decades ago, few countries appeared to be affected by Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), but now most coastal countries are threatened. These blooms form massive blankets of slime on the water’s surface that precipitate bacteria growth, deplete oxygen, and kill much of the life in the water below. The causes of HABs destructive global expansion are debated, with plausible explanations ranging from natural mechanisms of species dispersal to a host of human-related phenomena such as pollution in the form of nitrogen and phosphorus. The Arabian Gulf is plagued by HABs that threaten approximately 1,500 desalination plants, which provide an estimated 60 per cent of the drinking water for the region. The demand for fresh water is continually increasing in the Arab Gul...

Full article: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/can-shellfish-be-prof...

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