|Expanding Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Engagement
The efforts of NECAN
(Northeast Coastal Ocean Acidification Network) to expand monitoring of ocean and coastal acidification (OCA) in the region are starting to pay off. Last month, NECAN members and steering committee representatives attended a press event
at the Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) hosted by the EPA. The event highlighted the recent deployment of a unique monitoring system for OCA measurements at the SMCC dock, which was implemented by Joe Salisburyâ€™s team at the University of New Hampshire.
Over the last several months NECAN has hosted Stakeholder Engagement workshops in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Canada. The latest workshop was held in early October in conjunction with the Canadian Fishermenâ€™s Forum. This yearâ€™s forum focused on â€œworking together to monitor our changing coasts and oceans.â€ The Forum brought 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 ecosystem. Meeting summary's and results from these workshops will be incorporated in the NECAN implementation plan in the coming months.