Demystifying ocean acidification & coastal hypoxia

A public forum about ocean health in Oregon

What are the phenomena of ocean acidification and coastal hypoxia? What is causing them? What are their likely impacts on marine species and coastal communities, and what can be done to minimize these impacts? Come and learn the answers to these questions, and about the cutting-edge research being conducted through presentations by scientists from Oregon State University, management agencies, and industry. Following the presentations, a panel of experts will answer your questions, and will discuss what individuals, communities, and government agencies can do to reduce and manage impacts.

Location: Tillamook Bay Community College, Room 214/215, 4301 3rd St, Tillamook, OR  97141
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-8:15pm
This event is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required (to pre-register, please click here). For more information, please contact Joe Tyburczy (, 541-737-4202).
Draft Program
6:30    Introduction of speakers, overview of evening
6:45    Explanation of ocean acidification, coastal hypoxia & how they are related – Francis Chan (OSU Zoology, PISCO)
7:00    Why is this happening off our coast & what makes Oregon vulnerable? – Burke Hales (OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS))
7:15    How are scientists monitoring the ocean for these changes? – Jack Barth (OSU CEOAS, PISCO)
7:30    Collaborative research and impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish hatchery – Alan Barton (invited, Whiskey Creek Hatchery)
7:45    Q & A panel facilitated by moderator (TBA). Panel will include previous speakers plus George Waldbusser (OSU CEOAS), Steve Rumrill (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)), Waldo Wakefield (invited, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service) – and others TBA. Will include discussion of what individuals, communities, government agencies, etc. can do to reduce and manage impacts globally and locally.
8:30    Adjourn
This event is being hosted by the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at Oregon State University through funding awarded by Oregon Sea Grant.
The planning committee for this event includes:
Jack Barth (OSU CEOAS, PISCO), Francis Chan (OSU Zoology, PISCO), Kristen Milligan (OSU Zoology, PISCO), Joe Tyburczy (OSU Zoology, PISCO), George Waldbusser (OSU CEOAS), Burke Hales (OSU CEOAS), Steve Rumrill (ODFW), Heather Reiff (COMPASS), and Dave Landkamer (Oregon Sea Grant).
For more information about ocean acidification and hypoxia:
Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, September 2012. More information.

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