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
ocean acidification devastates seafood restaurants, fishing industries,
and tourism, through a decline of seafood health, quality, and
WE MAY LOSE THESE
CHERISHED ACTIVITIES TO OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
How can YOU help?
- Sign the OAEP's petition on change.org,
and invite others to do so as well!
- Spread the word about Ocean Acidification, and feel free to
distribute materials at social gatherings. Refer others to www.protectpugetsound.org
for more information.
- Voice your opinion to your local policy makers, state
officials, and businesses.
- 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.
- 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.
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
check it out!
The OAEP's petition for green energy alternatives in WA state has
reached 130 signatures!
The OAEP has recently won a $500 grant from DoSomething.org, in
conjunction with American Express!
The OAEP sent a letter to the Honorable Chris Gregoire, the Governor of
the state of Washington, on April 19, 2011.
The OAEP sent a letter to Ray's Boathouse Restaurant, a prestigious
seafood restaurant in Downtown Seattle.