In 2012, NOAA funded three multi-year research projects that link ocean acidification with fisheries and the coastal economies. Some results from these projects are now available. These research findings complement ongoing work within NOAA that monitors OA and determines the impacts on marine populations. “Predicting how marine ecosystems will respond to rising levels of CO2 in the years to come is an extremely challenging task.” says Libby Jewett, director of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program. “We are excited to strengthen our approach through the development of these cutting edge forecasting tools.”
At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dr. Sarah Cooley and her colleagues used a series of models on environmental changes, scallop populations, and economic conditions to show the effects of future CO2 scenarios on scallop harvests.(Learn more here).
*From Cooley et al. 2015.
At the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Dr. Chris Gobler and colleagues examined two species with contrasting susceptibility to OA: scallops and hard clams. These studies provide guidance on sustainable shellfish harvest levels and identify regions of estuaries that are most vulnerable to OA. (Learn more here.)
A team of scientists from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, University of Washington, and Australia’s CSIRO led by Dr. Isaac Kaplan linked a large climate model with ecosystem and economic models. They are using these linked models to project future OA conditions, and trace the impacts of OA through the California Current food web into fish harvests and regional port communities. (Learn more here.)
These research awards complement ongoing work within NOAA that monitors OA and determines the impacts on marine populations.