Mussels Will Be Off The Menu In 85 Years Or Something

Yet another future prognostication of doom from the Cult of Climastrology

(Telegraph)  Moules-frites and moules mariniere will be largely consigned to the pages of culinary history by the end of the century, scientists have predicted.

The increasing acidity of the oceans due to climate change means that farming or fishing for mussels will be commercially unviable by 2100.

Researchers at Washington University in Seattle have established that a mussel’s ability to grip to a rock or rope is dependent on the acidity of the surrounding sea. (snip)

Prof Emily Carrington, one of the lead researchers, carried out tests which revealed that increased acidity, or lower pH, substantially weakened a mussel’s ability to adhere a surface.

She predicts that within 85 years the acidity of the coastal regions where mussels currently thrive will pass a threshold beyond which nearly half will be unable to cling on long enough to be farmed.

Uh huh. Of course, there are numerous studies that show that an increase in CO2 is causing the oceans to become more neutral, not acidic. And there is variability within the PH range all the time, due to temperature, which, shockingly, fluctuates during the seasons.

She said there would be no gradual increase in mortality, however, with the shellfish clinging on until the sea reached the 7.6pH level. “Things will get really bad all of a sudden,” she said.

Got that? We won’t notice till suddenly doom. Way in the future. When no one will remember the prognostication. This is all about scaring people while pretending to use science.

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9 Responses to “Mussels Will Be Off The Menu In 85 Years Or Something”

  1. john says:

    yes Teach ocean temps do go up and down with the seasons
    BUT if it goes up just even a “miniscule” bit there are consequences.
    NJ has lost 90% of its lobster because of that tiny increase in temps
    please note the reduction in southern New England from 20 million pounds 1997 to less than 1 million pounds 2013

  2. john says:

    And that study you cited was not even done in the ocean it was done in a lake
    here are MANY that show the exact opposite

    [i] pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It uses a negative logarithmic scale where a decrease of 1.0 units represents a 10-fold increase in acidity. In their natural state prior to industrialization, the oceans were slightly alkaline with a pH of 8.2 (see reference iii). Pure water has a pH of 7.0.
    [ii] Feely R., Doney S., Cooley S. (2009). Present Conditions and Future Changes in a High-CO2 World. Oceanography 22, 36-47
    [iii] Australian Antarctic Division, Ocean Acidification and the Southern Ocean, available at
    [iv] Feely, Doney and Cooley, op. cit, using Mauna Loa data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Aloha data from the University of Hawaii.
    [v] Feely RA, Sabine CL, Hernandez-Ayon JM, Ianson D, Hales B (June 2008). Evidence for upwelling of corrosive “acidified” water onto the continental shelf. Science 320 (5882): 1490–2, available at
    [vi] Inter Press Service, Acid Oceans Altering Marine Life, available at
    [vii] Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ocean Acidification – The Big Global Warming Story, downloadable at
    or for those less scientifically adept here is a short film

  3. john says:

    muscles are THE least expensive shellfish where I live I enjoy them frequently and hope that others will too long after I am gone

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    please note the reduction in southern New England from 20 million pounds 1997 to less than 1 million pounds 2013

    From the site quoted:

    Landings peaked in the 1990s, reaching a high of 21.91 million pounds in 1997. Since this time, landings have precipitously dropped to a low of 3.31 million pounds in 2013.

    Thanks retard.

  5. Jl says:

    Soon to be another failed prediction? No doubt

  6. Dana says:

    Alas! No more mussels for me once I turn 147!

  7. Hoagie says:

    Yet muscles continue to be the least expensive of the shell sea foods. So unless they’ve repealed the law of supply and demand means there are still plenty enough to keep the prices down. Another environmental non-problem which we must immediately “do something about” or the world will end. When muscles cost the same as lobster we will be running out, until then STFU.

  8. I misread that headline. I thought it said “Muslems off the menu in 85 years”. I got all excited for nothing.

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