Fish harvesters want role in monitoring of ocean acidity

A new conservation report culled from community discussions in Kodiak, Dillingham and Homer underscores concern for the health and productivity of oceans coastal communities depend on in the face of rising ocean acidification.

“The economic value of Alaska’s commercial fisheries approaches $4 billion (first wholesale value), but it is not known how ocean acidification will affect specific fisheries and what the cost will be to the seafood industry and fishery-dependent communities,” said report’s author, Rachel Donkersloot, fisheries program director for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

The full report, released March 26, is online at



The Cordoba Times, 30 March 2012. Full article.

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