Stony Brook University – Climate Change Proves Deadly for Northern Bay Scallops

Bay scallops  Photo Jon Diat EH Star
Bay Scallops Photo Jon Diat – East Hampton Star

Since 2019, consecutive summer mass die-offs of bay scallops in the Peconic Estuary on Long Island, New York, have led to the collapse of the bay scallop fishery in New York and the declaration of a federal fishery disaster, with landings down more than 99 percent.

This study led by Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) graduate, Stephen Tomasetti, currently visiting assistant professor of environmental studies at Hamilton College, and Stony Brook University Endowed Chair of Coastal Ecology and Conservation Christopher Gobler and a collaborative team of researchers reveals that extreme summer temperatures, becoming more frequent under climate change, exacerbate the vulnerability of bay scallops to environmental stress and has played a role in the recurrent population crashes.

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