Washingtonians can no longer underestimate the threat of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification threatens our way of life, the livelihood of our communities, and the iconic natural system which defines so much of who we are as a state and region. We know the risk and can no longer wait to act.
Leading the fight against ocean acidification
In 2012, Washington led the world by developing the first comprehensive strategy for action to address ocean acidification. This strategy, outlined in the report Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action, created a global awareness of this critical threat to marine resources.
Five years later, the Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) convened Washington's leading ocean acidification thinkers to evaluate progress, next steps, and potential revisions to the recommended actions identified in 2012. The 2017 Addendum updates the comprehensive strategy based on emerging science, management practices, and the new global network of partners working on this challenge.
A news release with statements from stakeholders can be found here.
Report by Chapter
- Executive Summary
- Letter from MRAC Chair
- Chapter 1: Leading the World in the Fight Against Ocean Acidification
- Chapter 2: Ocean Acidification in Washington Marine Waters
- Chapter 3: Recommended Strategies and Actions to Address Ocean Acidification
- Chapter 4: Reduce Emissions of Carbon Dioxide
- Chapter 5: Reduce Local Land-Based Contributions to Ocean Acidification
- Chapter 6: Increase Our Ability to Adapt and Remediate the Impacts of Ocean Acidification
- Chapter 7: Invest in Washington’s Ability to Monitor and Investigate the Causes and Effects of Ocean Acidification
- Chapter 8: Inform, Educate, and Engage Stakeholders, the Public, and Decision Makers in Addressing Ocean Acidification
- Chapter 9: Maintain a Sustainable and Coordinated Focus on Ocean Acidification
- Chapter 10: Conclusions
- Appendix 1: Blue Ribbon Panel Refresh Participants
- Appendix 2: Bibliography
- Appendix 3: Acronym Descriptions
ABOUT THE MARINE RESOURCES ADVISORY COUNCIL
In 2013, the Washington State Legislature established the Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) to act as a state body to maintain a sustainable and coordinated focus on ocean acidification. MRAC’s membership includes legislative, executive, and elected officials, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector. Representatives from academic institutions and federal agencies have also been invited by the Governor to participate.
Since its inception, the MRAC has reviewed, evaluated, and prioritized the original 42 actions from the Panel’s recommendations. MRAC has worked across organizational boundaries to ensure ocean acidification work is efficient, leveraged, and focused so that it becomes integrated into key programs across the state.
For more information, members, and meeting materials, visit the MRAC webpage.