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  • Writer's pictureAustin Pugh

OA News (You Could Use), April 11th, 2022

Here are some of the latest happenings in the world of ocean acidification in Canada and beyond!

The following is cross posted from the MEOPAR Website:

MEOPAR is providing a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Workshop for HQP in our network scheduled for June 6-9, 2022 at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. This 4-day in-person workshop will be conducted using an adaptation of the Blue Planning in Practice (BPIP) course to strengthen practical planning and implementation for practitioners responsible for coastal and marine planning and management from different sectors of society, such as government, civil society, and academia.

This training opportunity is being offered at no cost, however, capacity is limited to 25 participants. Apply by April 18, 2022 to register for the course. Accepted participants will be notified by May 20, 2022.

Who Can Apply?

  • Should be a MEOPeer (currently funded on a MEOPAR project) or MEOPeer Associate (affiliated with a MEOPeer or partner organization, for example your supervisor is funded by MEOPAR). Priority will be given to MEOPeers or MEOPeer Associates local to the West Coast, however folks outside of these criteria are encouraged to apply but may be waitlisted.

  • Proof of double COVID-19 vaccination will be required in order to participate, unless sufficient medical documentation is provided to support non-vaccination.

Click here for more information and to register for the course!

New in The CoP: April, 2022 Quarterly Newsletter -

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2022 Alaska Fisheries Science Center Seminar Series:

Check out the upcoming AFSC seminar, Hosted on the OAIE.

Dungeness crab in an acidifying ocean: understanding and process" by Paul McElhany

Abstract: Dungeness crab, the most valuable fishery on the U.S. West Coast, show mixed response to ocean acidification and other climate change stressors. Through species response experiments in controlled aquaria, we explore CO2 sensitivity by looking at a variety of metrics, including those that drive demographic processes (e.g. survival and growth rate) and those that provide insight into the physiological mechanisms underlying the response (e.g. metabolic pathways and calcification).The data are input to models that explore population level processes related to management issues, such as environmental thresholds. The differing sensitivities of different life stages and uncertainties about the factors driving population dynamics complicate predictions of climate change effects on Dungeness crab. In addition to exploring ocean acidification effects on Dungeness crab, we will discuss tools and approaches used for conducting the research that could be applicable to any science effort. These tools and approaches include the Openscapes framework for open data science, GitHub projects for managing work flow, and R Shiny applications for internal data exploration.

See the original post for more information and to register. Click here!

GOA-ON Webinar:

The Following is cross posted from the GOA-ON Website:

Join Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director of Climate Science at the Ocean Conservancy, Dr. Helen Gurney-Smith, Research Scientist at DFO Canada, and Dr. Libby Jewett, Director of NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program for a presentation on ocean acidification findings in the newly released IPCC report. The latest IPCC Working Group 2 report, released in late February, assessed the current state of knowledge about ocean acidification and its impacts on ocean systems both globally and regionally. New model projections detail the development of ocean acidification through the water column, and how its future development depends on global emissions choices. The report also assesses how ocean acidification is acting individually and in combination with other stressors, driving a variety of outcomes for ocean ecosystems and the people that depend on them. Climate change will affect how we live, work and play in coastal regions including impacts on biodiversity, cultural connections, food and livelihoods. Each of the presenters was a lead author on a different WG2 chapter and will provide insights accordingly.

Click here to register for the talk

In the News:

Title: When it comes to sucking up carbon emissions, ‘the ocean has been forgiving.’ That might not last


Click here to check it out!

New Paper of Interest: New paper examining the impact of pH on different life stages of Sea Urchins:

Dorey, N., Butera, E., Espinel-Velasco, N. et al. Direct and latent effects of ocean acidification on the transition of a sea urchin from planktonic larva to benthic juvenile. Sci Rep 12, 5557 (2022).


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