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Addressing Ocean Acidification in Washington State
by Washington State, Marine Resource Advisory Council (Government)
The Marine Resources Advisory Council, the State of Washingtons council on ocean acidification, commits to continuing to advance a comprehensive set of actions to better understand, mitigate, and adapt to changing ocean conditions. These actions include reducing carbon emissions, monitoring and forecasting changing ocean chemistry, conducting research on the biological responses of ecologically and economically important species, identifying land-based nutrient contributions, raising awareness of ocean acidification among key stakeholders and affected communities, and advancing innovative approaches to adapt or remediate systems, such as buffering shellfish hatchery water and vegetation-based systems to modify local water chemistry.

The Blue Ribbon Panel Report recommending ocean acidification actions serves as Washingtons ocean acidification action plan. The report was developed by a cross-sectoral panel that included scientists, shellfish industry representatives, state and federal agencies, tribes, elected officials, and non-governmental organizations. This diverse collaborative panel provided the basis for a robust action plan.

From the Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations, the Marine Resource Advisory Council was established to guide implementation. Located in the Governors Office, this panel continues the diverse collaborative approach initiated by the panel process. In addition, the Washington Ocean Acidification Center was established at the University of Washington, as the hub of scientific advancement and coordination on ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions in Washington.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
December 2019
Conduct kelp/ocean acidification research investigation
June 2017
Develop model and conduct scenarios of local nutrient source contributions
June 2019
Extend the existing forecast model developed to predict corrosive conditions along the WA-OR coast to include Puget Sound and Willapa Bay; make forecasts widely available to end users
October 2017
Produce an updated Blue Ribbon Ocean Acidification Action Plan
In-kind contribution
$1,235,000 state agency and university research, monitoring, and techinical expertise advancing work to understand and address ocean acidification
Financing (in USD)
3,325,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2012 - June 2022
Washington Ocean Acidification Center (Academic Institution), Puget Sound Restoration Fund (NGO), Taylor Shellfish (Private Sector), International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (Partnership), Pacific Coast Collaborative (Partnership), the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (Government), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Government), Environmental Protection Agency (Government), The Nature Conservancy (NGO), University of Washington (Academic Institution), Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (Private Sector), Surfrider Foundation (NGO),
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Julie Horowitz, Senior Policy Advisory to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, julie.horowitz@gov.wa.gov, 360-902-9818
Olympia, U.S.
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