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OA News (You Could Use), April 18th, 2022

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

LAST DAY TO APPLY: MEOPAR: Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Workshop

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!

Upcoming Webinar from Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network hosted on the OAIE: From Pteropods to Oysters: Linking Biological Indicators with Chemical Observations to Understand Impacts of Ocean Acidification in the Mid-Atlantic

The following is cross posted from the OAIE:

Please join us on May 2, 1:30pm-2:30pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time for our next webinar: "From Pteropods to Oysters: Linking Biological Indicators with Chemical Observations to Understand Impacts of Ocean Acidification in the Mid-Atlantic". Dr. Amy Maas (Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences) and Dr. Emily Rivest (Virginia Institute of Marine Science),will discuss their research on developing biological indicators for OA in open ocean and nearshore waters, how co-locating chemical and biological monitoring can help identify OA tipping points and improve our understanding of ecosystem impacts in the Mid-Atlantic, and how community science programs like CSI: Oyster can engage volunteers in biological monitoring efforts.

To see the original post and register click here!

GOA-ON Webinar (Friday, April 29th, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PDT):

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: Fearing a Threat to Shellfish Industry, Washington Legislature Provides Funds for Kelp, Eelgrass Protection

Source: The Chronicle

Click here to check it out!

New Paper of Interest: New paper examining the impact of ocean acidification on the embryos of sand lances:

Baumann H, Jones LF, Murray CS, Siedlecki SA, Alexander M, Cross EL (2022) Impaired hatching exacerbates the high CO2 sensitivity of embryonic sand lance Ammodytes dubius. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 687:147-162.


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