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NECAN and Ocean Acidification News in the Northeast- August 2015

As a follow on to the publication “Ocean and Coastal Acidification off New England and Nova Scotia” (available in the special issue of Oceanography), NECAN is currently writing a technical document which will go into more details on the state of the science of OCA in the region. Along with this, NECAN is starting to write an implementation plan, which builds off of the synthesis and stakeholder workshops. A key piece of this process is the work being done by various working groups; if you are interested in signing up for a working group, click here.

Meeting summaries from the last two stakeholder engagement workshops are now available: Rhode Island (June 5) and North Shore Massachusetts (June 23).  The next in the series will be October 6 in conjunction with the Canada Fishermen’s Forum.

The next stakeholder engagement workshop will be in conjunction with the 2015 Fishermen’s Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada.  For more information click here.

Northeast Sea Grant College Consortium Call For Preliminary Regional Research Proposals On The Impacts Of Ocean Acidification On Key Coastal Marine Resource Species In The Northeast

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (consisting of the Sea Grant programs in the Northeast including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MIT, Woods Hole, New Hampshire, Maine and Lake Champlain), in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), is seeking proposals to address the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on key resource species in the northeast (New York Bight to the Gulf of Maine) as an aid to assist coastal communities in adapting to current and future OA conditions in the region. 

Through this competition, we seek to support innovative biophysical and social science research that will further the understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on key coastal marine resource species and economies.  Priority will be given to projects that address key knowledge gaps and research needs identified by the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network focused on shellfish and finfish species of commercial, recreational and aquaculture relevance, including key forage species.  To read more, visit the Sea Grant website.


This Summer NERACOOS partnered with New Hampshire EPSCoR and were lucky enough to get two interns for the entire summer! Jen Halstead helped coordinate NECAN while Shelby Dillman worked on the Integrated Sentinel Monitoring Network. Shelby contacted around 500 programs over the summer. She filled gaps in the ISMN database, as well as helped to better organize it. Jen worked on all things NECAN. She began by learning the science behind ocean and coastal acidification to get a better understanding of the project, and its importance in the region. She attended 2 stakeholder workshops to gain firsthand experience and understanding of the various industries’ concerns in the region. Jen also worked to organize and coordinate the NECAN Working Groups, as well as helping to establish the beginning of the NECAN Implementation Plan. Finally, she established a comprehensive inventory of OCA monitoring efforts in the region, as well as an inventory of biological research in the region on various species. On behalf of NERACOOS and NECAN we thank Jen and Shelby for all their efforts and wish them best of luck as they venture on to the University of New Hampshire. 




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