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Upcoming webinar: Canada’s ocean acidification community of practice

February 22, 2021

Join us for the second CoP webinar of the year, and get to know Canada’s Ocean Acidification Community of Practice—Wednesday, March 10 at 1pm AST/12pm EST / 9am PST.

The MEOPAR OA Community of Practice (CoP) was formed in 2018, with the overarching goal of sharing knowledge and improving linkages between OA knowledge creators and end-users across Canada. The OA CoP is led by two co-leads, Dr. Helen Gurney-Smith (DFO) and Dr. Brent Else (University of Calgary) and coordinator, Dr. Kristina Barclay (University of Calgary, MEOPAR), with guidance from an interdisciplinary Steering Committee from across the country. OA CoP objectives include the development of knowledge transfer and community engagement via accessible content, resources, and databases, and best-practices for data collection and sharing involving research groups, stakeholders, and community-based research.

In this webinar, the OA CoP will present some of its key activities to date, its new online resources and blog series, as well as updates on the development of future projects. Current and future activities are focused on increasing online content and resources to increase OA CoP awareness and engagement, the development of a low-cost OA sensor package to aid aquaculture operations and larger monitoring efforts, conducting regional vulnerability assessments, and participation in partner OA organizations, including the GOA-ON North American Hub, the OA Information Exchange, DFO-NOAA OA Working Groups, the OA Alliance, and MEOPAR.

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NOAA live! webinar – it’s not easy being shelled: the ocean acidification blues

February 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The NOAA Live! Webinars are a collaboration between NOAA’s Regional Collaboration Network and Woods Hole Sea Grant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Each interactive webinar features a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated question and answers session throughout so that kids can get a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices.  These webinars are geared toward grades 2-8.  Webinars are streamed via GoToWebinar, are ~45 minutes in length, have live American Sign Language interpretation, and are recorded and put on our WHOI YouTube Channel with English and Spanish subtitles.  #NOAALive4Kids

You can find a description of the webinar and the registration link by visiting 

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Technical webinar: “HKIE MMNC X HKU marine conservation 3rd session – ocean acidification”

Date, time & venue

2021-01-22;7:30pm to 8:30pm;Online Webinar by Zoom

Programme Highlights

In this webinar, we are grateful to invite Miss Tiffany Fung, Research Assistant from The University of Hong Kong, to be our speaker for “HKIE MMNC X HKU Marine Conservation 3rd Session – Ocean Acidification”. Through the series of webinar, HKIE MMNC division would like to widen our member’s knowledge of Marine Conservation so as to be aware of importance of environmental protection.

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MACAN to host webinar on the biological responses of ocean acidification in early life-stages of fishes of inshore waters of the Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) will host a webinar entitled Examining the Biological Responses of Ocean Acidification in Early Life-Stages of Fishes of Inshore Waters of the Mid-Atlantic, USA on Jan 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST

To register:    

Speaker Information: Chris Chambers is a Research Fishery Biologist at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. He and his Life History and Recruitment team study how the environment, including climate change and ocean acidification, affect the likelihood of survival and general health of the earliest and most sensitive life-stages of a variety of marine finfish species.  His research uses first principles of ecology, life history, and inference to anticipate how fishes might respond to future environments.

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Sustaining leadership for climate and ocean action in 2021

The 3rd annual International Ocean Acidification Day of Action is being hosted by OA Alliance member, The Ocean Foundation on January 8th,  representing 8.1 the current pH level of our ocean.

To celebrate, the OA Alliance has issued the following article calling for increased international collaboration and leadership that will help build resilience to the social, economic and cultural vulnerabilities caused by climate and ocean change.

Please visit the “OA Day of Action” website to learn more.

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Tracking ocean acidification in Puerto Rico: a video journey

January 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

Presented by: Melissa Melendez, University of Hawai’i Manoa and Lisa-Marie Carrubba, NOAA/NMFS Office of Protected Resources


Puerto Rico is home to vibrant coral reef ecosystems that support a diversity of marine life and livelihoods. Join us as we share our journey in creating Spanish-language videos (with English subtitles) about ocean acidification, its causes, consequences, research and possible solutions for the Puerto Rican public and island visitors. The video invites viewers to get involved in community actions that reduce other stressors to marine organisms and increase their resilience to the effects of ocean acidification. A full length and short video (highlighting key messages) were created in collaboration with a number of NOAA and non-NOAA partners, including the University of Puerto Rico and Paradise SCUBA and Snorkeling Center, and produced by a local videographer, Efra Visuals. You’re welcome to view the full video on the producer’s YouTube channel prior to the live webinar.

We hope to ‘see’ you there!

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Raising ocean acidification awareness and research gaps in Africa: scientists meet to brainstorm

Many African countries rely heavily on their coasts and rivers for economic growth and well-being. Unfortunately, Africa’s marine and coastal ecosystems face severe environmental threats, such as untreated wastewater discharge, illegal fishing, and habitat degradation, all combined with human-induced climate change. The rapidly increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) alters the climate and the chemistry of the ocean. Hence the ocean has absorbed one-fourth of anthropogenic CO2, thereby causing an increase in seawater acidity, a process referred to as ocean acidification.

The overwhelming evidence demonstrates that ocean acidification has the potential to negatively marine ecosystems and their associated services. While a global reduction of CO2 emissions (mitigation) is the ultimate solution, local adaptation strategies are needed to minimize ocean acidification’s negative effects. Currently, the lack of data on ocean acidification and its impacts for Africa is strongly limiting the potential to develop and implement such strategies. Ocean Acidification Africa (OA-Africa; is a pan-African network working to coordinate and promote ocean acidification awareness and research in Africa.  The network is composed of more than 100 scientists interested in conducting ocean acidification research in Africa. OA- Africa is part of the wider Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network  (  as one of seven regional hubs.

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Online lecture: using bivalve clam shell measurements to monitor ocean acidification impacts in Puget Sound

Feb 14, 2021, 3 – 4pm

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is hosting a lecture series about the future of our oceans. All lectures take place online via ZOOM. You can register for the free events on the PTMSC website

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Hearing: ocean acidification commission

Event Details

Status: Upcoming

Event Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Start Time: 2:30 PM

Location: Virtual Hearing

Event Description: Meeting of the Ocean Acidification Commission: Policy Working Group. The Policy Working Group will meet to discuss draft recommendations.

Meeting ID: 975 9740 9587

Passcode: mrW06E  

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UNFCCC ocean and climate change dialogue

Taking place 2-3 December 2020, the Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue as mandated by COP25, will invite Parties and non-Party stakeholders to consider approaches to strengthening ocean related adaptation and mitigation action across the UNFCCC.

The Dialogue will provide a space to discuss actions, drawing upon the knowledge and scientific findings from IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and the submissions from Parties and non-Party stakeholders.

Ocean acidification is a direct result of human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and is altering the chemical balance of seawater that marine life depends upon for survival.   Only by explicitly including impacts of increasing acidification—and ocean change more broadly—within mitigation targets and adaptation strategies can the UNFCCC and Parties accurately assess the full suite of change and vulnerability directly caused by increasing anthropogenic CO2.

The OA Alliance has highlighted key takeaways from our official submission made to the Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue, which you can access here: “Ocean Acidification within UNFCCC Ocean Climate Dialogue (FINAL).

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