Why get Involved?

Learn why Ocean Acidification is an important problem that must be solved, and how it affects the entire world.

Why does it matter?

From an environmental stance, ocean acidification alters the natural acidity of the Puget Sound, and is not conducive towards the prosperity of marine life. From an ethical stance, ocean acidification renders the Puget Sound less bountiful for future generations to enjoy. From an economic stance, ocean acidification devastates seafood restaurants, fishing industries, and tourism, through a decline of seafood health, quality, and quantity.


  1. Fishing, both commerical and recreational - Ocean acidification causes the shells of shellfish to deteriorate, rendering them vulnerable to the hostile envrionment. The populations of fish that depend on those shellfish for food will die off, due to the lack of a sustainable food source.
  2. Seafood Restaurants - With decreased populations of shellfish and marine animals, seafood restaurants will have a harder time finding large quantities of high quality seafood. This causes them to raise prices for the consumers, due to an increased price for the raw seafood.
  3. Coral Reefs/ Scuba Diving - Ocean acidification doesn't just affect seafood. It also deteriorates the coral reefs and leads to slowed reef-building. Eventually, coral reefs could become extinct. This also affects the tourism businesses that depend on the coral reefs.
  4. Local Economy/ Jobs - With less fish and shellfish for fishermen to catch, fishing companies will be forced to layoff employees due to a lack of work to be done. Also, since the fish that are caught are of less quality and quantity, their market price is lower, leading to lowered profits. The fishing companies will lose money, forcing them to cut back on certain aspects of business, or laying off workers.
  5. Land Animals/ Other Animals - Many animals depend on fish and shellfish for food, such as otters and various species of birds. With decreased populations of their food sources, the populations of these land animals will decrease as well. You may think of it as a "Domino Effect".

How can YOU help?

  1. Sign the OAEP's petition on change.org, and invite others to do so as well!
  2. Spread the word about Ocean Acidification, and feel free to distribute materials at social gatherings. Refer others to www.protectpugetsound.org for more information.
  3. Voice your opinion to your local policy makers, state officials, and businesses.
  4. Join the Eco effort by supporting eco-friendly businesses and local farmers. Shop at farmer's markets whenever possible, and purchase goods from companies with eco-friendly policies/ideologies.
  5. Send an email to OAEP@protectpugetsound.org and ask for volunteer oppertunities. The OAEP is looking for passionate individuals willing to represent the OAEP at the 2012 Seattle Green Festival and other conferences/expos.


High School Curriculum (Aug 20)
Donald Chao, the OAEP's Executive Director/Founder, has collaborated with the Institute for Systems Biology to develop high school curriculum titled "Ocean Acidification: A Systems Approach to a Global Problem." Click  to check it out!
Change.org Petition (July 16)
The OAEP's petition for green energy alternatives in WA state has reached 130 signatures!
DoSomething.org Grant (June 6)
The OAEP has recently won a $500 grant from DoSomething.org, in conjunction with American Express!
Letter to the Governor (April 19)
The OAEP sent a letter to the Honorable Chris Gregoire, the Governor of the state of Washington, on April 19, 2011.
Letter to Ray's Boathouse Restaurant (May 4)
The OAEP sent a letter to Ray's Boathouse Restaurant, a prestigious seafood restaurant in Downtown Seattle.