Washington to consider ocean acidification legislation (audio)

In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died because the water has become too corrosive for them to form their shells. Washington could be the first state in the country to introduce legislation to deal with the economic and environmental threats posed by ocean acidification.

In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died.

Before leaving office, former governor Chris Gregoire convened a panel to come up with recommendations for dealing with the threats of ocean acidification.

The panel released a report calling on the state to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce polluted runoff. It also recommended funding for public outreach, research and help for shellfish farmers.

Senator Kevin Ranker is a democrat who represents the San Juan Islands.

“Now we need a body that can holistically look at statewide issues of ocean acidification and implement the recommendations to address those issues so that report doesn’t just sit on a shelf,” Ranker says.

Ranker has just introduced a bipartisan bill to put the recommendations of Gregoire’s panel into action. The first step would be to create an advisory council that would include representatives from tribes, governmental agencies and officials from coastal counties and cities in Washington state.

Senator Ranker’s bill is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday.

Ashley Ahearn, Northwest Public Radio, 8 February 2013. Article and audio.

0 Responses to “Washington to consider ocean acidification legislation (audio)”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Subscribe to the RSS feed

Powered by FeedBurner

Follow AnneMarin on Twitter

Blog Stats

  • 790,292 hits

Ocean acidification in the IPCC AR5 WG II

OUP book


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 991 other followers