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Ocean Acidification Impacts on Fisheries

American Geosciences Institute

About This Course

As the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased over recent history, so has the acidity of oceans worldwide. The changing acidity of the ocean has many ecological and economic impacts, one of the most serious being its effects on marine life and fisheries. The impact of ocean acidification is intensified in colder bodies of water such as those off the coast of New England, a region with a large fisheries sector. These impacts have already been recognized on both coasts, with the Washington, Maine, and Maryland state legislatures commissioning reports on ocean acidification and marine life/fisheries. In 2015, the Massachusetts Legislature also introduced a bill to establish a taskforce to investigate the impact of increasingly acidic waters off the coast of Massachusetts on commercially harvested or grown marine species.

This course addresses how geoscience helps us to understand ocean acidification, ocean acidification's impacts on marine life, and what states and municipalities can do to reduce the fishery-related economic impacts of ocean acidification. This course is based on the AGI Critical Issues webinar "Ocean Acidification Impacts on Fisheries" that was co-sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, and the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network.

Course Objectives

Students are expected to learn the following when they take this course:

  • What are the main causes of ocean acidification?
  • What are impacts of ocean acidification on marine life?
  • What are the economic impacts of ocean acidification on fisheries?
  • What is being done at the state level to reduce the impacts of ocean acidification on fisheries?

This is an asynchronous short-course that contains videos, resources for learning more, and a set of questions in each section to help facilitate learning. An asynchronous course is a course that can be done on your own time. Feel free to pause, take a break, and come back to your saved progress to continue with the course. There is no deadline for completion of this course.

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Requirements

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Staff

American Geosciences Institute staff serve as the facilitators for this course. If you have questions at any time during this course, you can email your questions to goli@americangeosciences.org.

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    AGI006
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