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Negative Effects of Eutrophication and Accompanying Hypoxia

"More mobile marine animals, like fish and crabs, can often migrate out of hypoxic areas. Other animals - such as oysters and marine snails - that lack mobility or cannot move quickly enough to escape hypoxia may suffocate. When water clarity is reduced by greater concentrations of algae, less light can penetrate to the ocean bottom where seagrasses and seaweeds live. As a result, these plants may sicken and die." (Excerpt from the Pew Oceans Commission publication, "Marine Pollution in the United States," 2001, pg. iii)

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