About the Class
Shellfish are vital to recreation, culture, and economic activity in Washington State, but they are likely to suffer as our oceans become more acidic. Our oceans absorb roughly one-third of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, and this absorption is making our local marine waters more acidic. Laboratory studies show that shellfish are most sensitive to changes in water chemistry in early life when they are microscopic larvae. Aquatic Assessment and Monitoring Team (AAMT) has developed an Acidification Nearshore Monitoring Network (ANeMoNe) to investigate ocean acidification issues in the shallow marine areas where most human activity occurs.
In this session learn about ANeMoNe monitoring of water quality, shellfish spat settlement, eelgrass distribution, density and morphology, bird use, and the focused research experiments to develop a better understanding of the impacts ocean acidity has on our marine resources.
Affiliation: WADNR Aquatic Assessment and Monitoring Team www.dnr.wa.gov/AAMT