Ocean acidification is a climate-ocean impact. Carbon dioxide emissions are being absorbed by the ocean and altering the chemical balance of seawater which marine life depends upon for survival. Learn more about combined climate-ocean impacts.
The Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC)—which includes the US States of California, Oregon, and Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada—is working to confront the ocean and climate crises. Collectively and individually, these governments are addressing the causes of ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions while increasing the resilience of coastal communities.
The Government of the Netherlands joined the OA Alliance at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on September 13, 2018. In keeping with the OA Alliance framework for action, the Netherlands has released their National Ocean Acidification Action Plan.
The OA Alliance was invited to partner with OA Alliance member, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on a newly released publication, “Mainstreaming OA into National Policies: A Handbook for Pacific Islands,” which was showcased at a side event during SPREP’s regional meeting in Apia, Samoa on September 4.
Sharing lessons learned and best practices across state governments that have undertaken state-led efforts to address ocean and coastal acidification. The OA Alliance hosted a 2-day Coast to Coast State Workshop on Ocean and Coastal Acidification on September 26-27, 2019 at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island.
Combating ocean acidification starts at home, with dedicated individuals rolling up their sleeves to take action. The Nisqually Tribe of Western Washington is an engaged member of the OA Alliance, focused on climate resiliency, action, education and outreach at a local and national level.
With about 120 in attendance, the cleanup brought together dozens of shellfish growers, members of the Squaxin Island Tribe and Nisqually Tribe, Northwest Farm Credit Services, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources on a common goal: a trash free Puget Sound.
Ocean acidification could have profound impacts on the food security, economy, and culture of communities in the Pacific Islands.