From people to killer whales, to salmon, to zooplankton, the impacts from ocean acidification can affect a wide variety of organisms. As our oceans become more acidic, shelled organisms like oysters, zooplankton and pteropods have difficulty forming their hard exterior shell, which can lead to a decrease in their population. When populations of shelled organisms begin to decline, food for dependent species also begin to decline. Here off the shores of Washington, the Southern Resident killer whale mainly feeds on chinook salmon, eating around 385 lbs of fish a day! Where chinook salmon feed on small sea snails known as pteropods. As pteropods have already begun to feel the affects from ocean acidification, how will dependent species like chinook salmon and killer whales respond?
Explore the infographic below to see how ocean acidification affects other marine species throughout the food web.
We are pleased to announce the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition, a partnership with shellfish growers on both the East Coast and the West Coast to chart a course toward climate action and a low-carbon future.
The captial budget provided $12.5 million for funding for the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative. Through this initiative, coastal communities have developed important projects that address the region’s highest-priority restoration needs and put people to work restoring our lands and waters.
Sustainable seafood is not simply a fish balancing act. The livelihoods of communities that depend on fishing are also of critical importance. Read about Claire's dive into what corporations, academics, and coastal communities are doing to tackle fisheries sustainability.
Most of ocean plastic waste consists of everyday items: bottles, caps, straws, wrappers and bags. Yet, another proportion of this waste is more invisible: microplastics.
The National Marine Sanctuary System is a collection of magnificent seascapes that represent a precious heritage for our country.
Knowing where our food comes from not only means knowing that the fishery is sustainable but that human rights are upheld
Fishing gear is very good at catching our food, but unfortunately it ends up catching a lot of what is swimming nearby as well.
We've helped create software that gives policymakers a place to start down the path to sustainability. Countries, such as Peru, are making progress in protecting what’s important to us all.
Join an engaging, online panel Thursday morning to learn more about the expansive yet intricate complexities of our oceans in the Anthropocene Era—the geological age of humankind.
Shores are a first line of defense against surging waves, strong storms and rising seas. Learn about "riprap," a human-made solution to coastal protection.