Moored Autonomous pCO2 (MAP-CO2) Buoy for ocean acidification research. Buoy engineered and deployed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An increase in monitoring is just one of the recommendations of the blue ribbon panel. Image Source: Hendee (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
On Tuesday, Gov. Gregoire’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification released its recommendations, including a 42-point action plan, to tackle ocean acidification at both regional and global scales. The first effort of its kind in the nation, the initiative is detailed in a report by a governor-appointed panel of scientists, policy-makers and shellfish industry representatives. Governor Gregoire also announced the coming of an ocean acidification research center at UW; more details on this exciting development will be shared as soon as they’re available! Read more about the panel’s findings, and how Washington will take action on them, here, or in this Washington Post article.