"On The Rebound, New England Oysters Face Climate Threat"

"After a generation of effort, New England's waters are clean enough to support an oyster industry. But climate change could undermine those gains."

"CHARLESTOWN, R.I. – Rain and sleet smack the surface of Ninigret Pond as oyster farmer Jules Opton-Himmel fumbles with a stalled outboard motor. Not much is going his way this morning.

He's under pressure to harvest on this mid-February day to make an on-time afternoon delivery to a local raw bar. On-board, he's trying to impress a top chef from one of Newport's most exclusive restaurants – and his pontoon boat is stuck in a field of slushy ice not even halfway out into the lagoon where he grows oysters.

'Everything going wrong – I'd say that's a pretty typical day,' Opton-Himmel jokes, just moments before part of the outboard engine broke off, sinking into the icy water."

Lindsey Konkel reports for the Daily Climate April 17, 2013.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013