Presentation Abstract

In the five years since the Blue Ribbon Panel’s 2012 report “Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action”, there have been significant scientific advances and progress on the recommended actions. The Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) saw a need to re-evaluate the 2012 strategy, resulting in a 2017 Addendum to the Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification report. The Addendum is a companion report that expands upon the 2012 work. New research emphasizes and justifies the need for more concerted efforts to combat ocean acidification as the North American west coast experiences some of the earliest and most advanced signs of ocean acidification. A number of the strategies and actions to address ocean acidification were updated and clarified from the recommendations five years ago. Those updated actions fall under six overarching categories: 1. Reducing carbon emissions 2. Reducing local land-based contributions to ocean acidification 3. Increasing our ability to adapt to and remediate the impacts of ocean acidification 4. Investing in monitoring and investigations 5. Informing, educating and engaging stakeholders, the public and decision makers 6. Maintaining a sustainable and coordinated focus on ocean acidification. The report detailed a number of accomplishments that have happened in the past five years, including: • Establishing a clean air rule to reduce carbon emissions from large in-state emitters • Launching an ocean acidification conservation hatchery that serves as a hub for shellfish research and restoration • Initiating real-time sharing of monitoring data available through our wide-scale monitoring network—the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems – to collect data and support shellfish hatchery adaptation practices • Creating ocean acidification K-12 curricula to increase awareness and literacy among the public Washington state will build upon this strong foundation of ocean acidification research and collaboration, and continue to transform knowledge into action.

Session Title

Ocean Acidification: Modeling and Predictions

Keywords

Ocean acidification, Policy

Conference Track

SSE5: Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, and Research

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE5-485

Start Date

5-4-2018 2:45 PM

End Date

5-4-2018 3:00 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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From knowledge to action: advancing Washington state's strategic response on ocean acidification

In the five years since the Blue Ribbon Panel’s 2012 report “Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action”, there have been significant scientific advances and progress on the recommended actions. The Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) saw a need to re-evaluate the 2012 strategy, resulting in a 2017 Addendum to the Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification report. The Addendum is a companion report that expands upon the 2012 work. New research emphasizes and justifies the need for more concerted efforts to combat ocean acidification as the North American west coast experiences some of the earliest and most advanced signs of ocean acidification. A number of the strategies and actions to address ocean acidification were updated and clarified from the recommendations five years ago. Those updated actions fall under six overarching categories: 1. Reducing carbon emissions 2. Reducing local land-based contributions to ocean acidification 3. Increasing our ability to adapt to and remediate the impacts of ocean acidification 4. Investing in monitoring and investigations 5. Informing, educating and engaging stakeholders, the public and decision makers 6. Maintaining a sustainable and coordinated focus on ocean acidification. The report detailed a number of accomplishments that have happened in the past five years, including: • Establishing a clean air rule to reduce carbon emissions from large in-state emitters • Launching an ocean acidification conservation hatchery that serves as a hub for shellfish research and restoration • Initiating real-time sharing of monitoring data available through our wide-scale monitoring network—the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems – to collect data and support shellfish hatchery adaptation practices • Creating ocean acidification K-12 curricula to increase awareness and literacy among the public Washington state will build upon this strong foundation of ocean acidification research and collaboration, and continue to transform knowledge into action.