BC OAH Action Plan
The BC OAH Action aims to determine the state of knowledge related to ocean acidification and hypoxia in BC’s coastal waters, with long-term goals for addressing knowledge gaps and developing adaptation and mitigation strategies to support the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, traditional harvesters, and other BC seafood interests.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Climate Action Initiatives
Tsleil-Waututh members have observed the effects of climate change in our territory for decades. OA is a concern to TWN, along with other ocean-related effects of climate change. Burrard Inlet is becoming more acidic, and research is underway to determine whether the cause is disproportionately associated with OA or if the reduction in pH is attributed to urban and industrial inputs.
In 2019, the City of Vancouver declared a climate emergency, and in response focused on drastically cutting the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Vancouver has also registered our ocean acidification Framework, as a Voluntary Commitment to help support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water.
Vancouver Action Plan
Baynes Sound Data
This project aims to better understand the short- and long-term variability that occurs within these productive waters. With more data, it is hoped that producers will have the information needed to make the best decisions for their harvest. This online resource gives users access to real time ocean monitoring data in Baynes Sound.
Learn how our oceans are absorbing increasingly more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, leading to lower pH and greater acidity with this educational resource from NOAA. Ocean acidification is fundamentally changing the chemistry of the world’s oceans and threatening our marine resources.
Dungeness Crab Case Study Resources
Dungeness crab is a valuable species throughout the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast from Washington state to throughout California. This communication toolkit is designed for educators and communicators to use to teach others about the impact of ocean acidification on Dungeness crab.
BC Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy
B.C.’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy outlines four pathways to help ensure we stay safe and to prepare for a changing climate. The strategy highlights B.C.'s overall direction and actions that the Province is taking to help better understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and is supported by more than $500 million in funding.
DFO: Ocean Acidification Video
This video from the DFO-Canada outlines how the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have continued to increase due to human activities, lowering the pH of the ocean and making it more acidic. This process of ocean acidification increasingly affects ecosystems and those communities that directly rely on the ocean.
Commonwealth Blue Charter: Ocean Acidification Policymakers Handbook
The Commonwealth Blue Charter helped put together an Ocean Acidification policymakers handbook. This contains many of the tools that a policy maker needs to be acquainted with to effectively make decisions about Ocean Acidification.
DFO:What is Ocean Acidification?
Ocean acidification is a global threat with potential impacts on marine food webs, ecosystem productivity, commercial fisheries and global food security. This threat has prompted the international scientific community, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, to investigate the implications of this significant international governance issue.