COSEE Ocean Systems: News
When Accounting for the Global Nitrogen Budget, Don't Forget Fish
Description: Like bank accounts, the nutrient cycles that influence the natural world are regulated by inputs and outputs. If a routine withdrawal is overlooked, balance sheets become inaccurate. Over time, overlooked deductions can undermine our ability to understand and manage ecological systems. Recent research has revealed an important, but seldom accounted for, withdrawal in the global nitrogen cycle: commercial fisheries. Results highlight the role that fisheries play in removing nitrogen from coastal oceans. [Source: NASA Earth Observatory]
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Source: NASA Earth Observatory
Publish Date: 3/25/2008
Reading Level: Basic
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