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Ocean Acidification in Washington State: From Knowledge to Action

In 2012, Washington state’s leading scientists, industry and conservation representatives, and state, local, federal, and tribal policymakers came together under the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel (the Panel) on Ocean Acidification in response to poorly understood but drastic changes in marine chemistry that had caused dramatic shellfish hatchery production failures in Puget Sound.

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April Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Weatherly Bates

“Seaweed including Sugar Kelp, Alaria and dulse form a dense underwater forest on our oyster longlines every spring in Alaska. Kelp forests have an extensive diversity of plants and animals; Including marine mammals, urchins, Fish and crustacean, that rely on the Kelp as habitat and for food. This Kelp community contributes significantly to the productivity of the environment. In addition, Kelp has the potential to reduce ocean acidification as it grows quickly taking up carbon dioxide from the seawater. By providing a surface for Kelp to grow on, our oyster farm provides a multitude of environmental benefits to our local ecosystem..”

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