Abstract Title

Session S-06A: Novel Actions to Address Ocean Acidification in the Salish Sea

Keywords

Ocean Acidification

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Description

In Burrard Inlet, the shellfish resources First Nations have traditionally relied upon are being affected by acidification. The archaeological record and traditional ecological knowledge coupled with long term data on pH levels can potentially be used to understand changes in species composition over the last 3000 years. However, because of 40 years of bivalve harvest restrictions, the effect of acidification on bivalve species composition has not been well recognized by First Nation communities. If the intention is to re-establish bivalve harvest opportunities in Burrard Inlet, First Nations will have to recognize and address acidification, perhaps by implementing recommendations from the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification.

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May 1st, 1:30 PM May 1st, 3:00 PM

A First Nation history and approach to acidification in Burrard Inlet

Room 615-616-617

In Burrard Inlet, the shellfish resources First Nations have traditionally relied upon are being affected by acidification. The archaeological record and traditional ecological knowledge coupled with long term data on pH levels can potentially be used to understand changes in species composition over the last 3000 years. However, because of 40 years of bivalve harvest restrictions, the effect of acidification on bivalve species composition has not been well recognized by First Nation communities. If the intention is to re-establish bivalve harvest opportunities in Burrard Inlet, First Nations will have to recognize and address acidification, perhaps by implementing recommendations from the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification.