Hypoxia

In some cases, vast stretches of open water become hypoxic, or low in oxygen. Unable to sustain life, these areas, called dead zones, may cause die-offs of fish, shellfish, corals, and aquatic plants.

Sources:

NOAA

Additional resources:

Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program

Independent review of human impacts on dissolved oxygen in Hood Canal

 

OVERVIEW

Dissolved oxygen and hypoxia in Puget Sound

Hypoxia, defined as dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations less than 2 mg / L, has become widespread throughout estuaries and semi-enclosed seas throughout the world (Diaz 2001). 

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