Science on Tap lecture examines impacts of ocean acidification

ASTORIA — If you’ve heard the term “ocean acidification,” it’s likely been in the context of some future threat. Corals disappearing, fish populations harmed, island nations that depend on fish suffering. But ocean acidification is already impacting people and places today – particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Join the Columbia River Maritime Museum for its next Science on Tap, “Ocean Acidification: From Shellfish to Science, Salmon to Solutions” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 at the Fort George Lovell Showroom.

Julia Roberson, director of Ocean Conservancy’s ocean acidification program, will take attendees on a journey of people who already experience this problem – including local oyster growers, clownfish and what the future might look like for salmon.
But while ocean acidification is a major challenge for those who rely on and love the ocean, there are reasons for optimism. This is not a story of despair, but a story of action, collaboration and ultimately, hope.

Roberson has a passion for exploring tough environmental issues and communicating about the people and stories behind them in ways that lead to action. Prior to joining the Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, she managed the Pew Environment Group’s Global Tuna Conservation Campaign, seeking science-based, enforceable catch limits and other management measures for tuna species threatened by overfishing.

Science on Tap, in partnership with the Fort George Brewery, is a Columbia River Maritime Museum program introducing maritime science, history and technology in an informal setting. This program is free and open to the public; minors are allowed with adult. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane streets in Astoria. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Seating is limited. For more information, call 503-325-2323.

Coastweekend.com, 29 December 2013. Article.


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