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NECAN October 2015 Update

NECAN continues to write a technical document through engagement with various working groups; if you are interested in signing up for a working group, click here.

New Monitoring Station in Casco Bay

The efforts of NECAN to expand monitoring of OCA in the region are starting to pay off. Last month, NECAN members and steering committee representatives attended a press event hosted by the EPA. The event highlighted the recent deployment of a unique monitoring system for OCA measurements at the Southern Maine Community College dock, which was implemented by Joe Salisbury’s team at the University of New Hampshire.

OCA in Atlantic Canada - Workshop held October 6

The latest in the series of NECAN Stakeholder Engagement workshops was held in conjunction with the Canadian Fishermen’s Forum last week. This year’s forum focused on “Working together to Monitor our Changing Coasts and Oceans”, bringing together members of the fishing and aquaculture industry, academic and government scientists, and the public to discuss observations and collaborative research needed to anticipate and adapt to the environmental and economic impacts of a rapidly changing climate. All the Atlantic Provinces and several New England States were represented at this year’s event. On day two, over 60 participants came together to learn more about OCA in Atlantic Canada. Thanks to the Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative (GAMS) for coordinating and MEOPAR for sponsoring the workshop. A meeting summary will follow this workshop and results will be incorporated in the NECAN Implementation Plan in the coming months.  

The First OCA Stakeholder Workshop in New Jersey

The NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team (NART) and New Jersey Sea Grant hosted the first workshop on Ocean and Coastal Acidification in New Jersey at Stockton University in Galloway on August 11. The workshop was attended by representatives of Stockton, Delaware and Rutgers Universities, MARACOOS, the Ocean Acidification Program, NMFS, NOAA Office of Coastal Management, New Jersey DEP, Delaware and New Jersey Sea Grant, extension agents and local press.  Representatives of Atlantic Cape Fisheries and Snow's/Bumble Bee Foods were also present, representing important industry stakeholders. Presentations provided information and roundtable discussions resulted in requests asking unanimously for monitoring of coastal conditions in the Mid Atlantic, creation of a Mid Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network, research on effects of OA on commercial shellfish species in the Mid Atlantic, communication and collaboration with industry and university partners, and development of mitigation techniques.  The workshop represents an important first step in communicating Ocean Acidification science in the Mid Atlantic.

Going Global with the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network

Following the 4th Oceans in a High CO2 World Symposium, the 3rd Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network Science Workshop will be on May 8-10, 2016, in Hobart, Australia. This workshop will be a major step in the development of the GOA-ON plan, and will cover the development of regional hubs, the integration of essential biological variables to determine ecosystem responses, and consideration of data synthesis products derived from GOA-ON. 


The latest NEIWPCC Interstate Water Report highlighted NECAN and its stakeholder engagement workshops that Environmental Analyst Emily Bird attended this year. See the “Coastal Eutro-pH-ication” article on page 3 which was a follow up piece to the October 2013 article on OA.

Due October 15! Northeast Sea Grant College Consortium Call For Proposals

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. To read more, visit the Sea Grant website. Applications are due October 15.

SOARCE Webinars
The Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators (SOARCE) webinar series provides ocean acidification communication tools to formal & informal educators and stakeholders across the country. The next webinar will on October 22 with Rietta Hohman presenting “Exploring deep sea coral communities of West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries and understanding threats such as ocean acidification“.  For more information about these webinars and to register, visit the NOAA OAP website.


If you have any updates you’d like shared with NECAN, please email cassie@neracoos.org



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