Speaker: Dr. Jack Barth, CEOAS, OSU and Dr. Caren Braby, ODFW
Topic: Oregon’s Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: Why we need it, where we are
Since the early 2000s, low-oxygen or hypoxia has been observed in Oregon’s coastal waters. In 2006, Oregon was one of the first places in the world to observe direct impacts of ocean acidification. Since then, all along our coast, Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH) events are continuing to intensify and there are now signs that they are undermining the rich ocean and estuarine ecosystems’ food webs. Oregon’s iconic fisheries and the coastal communities that depend on them are at risk. The emergence of OAH represents new challenges for the translation of emerging scientific understanding into ocean policies. In 2017, in response to growing concerns, the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 1039 created the Oregon Coordinating Council on OAH to provide guidance and recommendations to the State on how to respond to this issue. The OAH Council consists of State agencies, academic experts, stakeholders, and Tribal interests, who collaboratively advise and develop recommendations for the State on the implementation of actions to support the sustainability of Oregon’s ocean and estuaries as the frequency and magnitude of OAH events intensify. The Council submitted their first report to the State Legislative Assembly in September 2018. The work of Oregon’s OAH Council will continue to be part of the west-coast regional strategy, through the creation of Oregon's OAH Action plan. This Action Plan will be presented to the International Ocean Acidification Alliance by the summer of this year. Here, we will update the HMSC community on Oregon’s OAH Council efforts moving forward and our goals to incorporate and facilitate regional scientific data and collaborations.
Thursday, January 24 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365