Acidification conference

The state has organized a news conference for tomorrow for the co-chairs of the Washington Shellfish Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. Reporters can then see some of the science that is happening at a Seattle-based laboratory that is studying the problem that threatens the Northwest shellfish industry. The blue ribbon panel of science and policy experts is the first of its kind in the nation. It convenes for its first meeting this Friday in Seattle.
 
From Press Release:
Ocean acidification occurs as oceans accumulate carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, from polluted runoff and other sources. It is a problem because when saltwater becomes acidic, it harms the shell-making ability of oysters, clams, scallops and mussels. It poses a threat to other marine life as well.
WA state has a big stake in understanding ocean acidification because it leads the nation in production of farmed clams, oysters and mussels with an annual value of over $270 million a year.
Thursday, March 29:
1 p.m.      Blue Ribbon Panel co-chairs Bill Ruckelshaus and Jay Manning are available to reporters in Auditorium of NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, 2527 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle.
Also in attendance will be two other panel members:
Shallin Busch, PhD., Northwest Fisheries Science Center,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Steven Bloomfield, Mason County Commissioner and shellfish grower
1:30 p.m.   Tour of NOAA ocean acidification laboratory.

 

KMAS Radio, 28 March 2012. Article.

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