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Ocean Acidification Funding FY2015

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The AFSC will receive about $370,000 to continue existing ocean acidification research projects in FY 2015. These funds primarily will be used to conduct species-specific physiological research. The species-specific physiological response to ocean acidification is unknown for most marine species. Lacking basic knowledge, research will be directed toward several crab and fish taxa. The research will be conducted at the AFSC’s Kodiak and Newport Laboratories. The results will be incorporated into bio-economic models; this work will be completed by the AFSC’s Socioeconomics Assessment Program in Seattle. In addition, NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory  (PMEL) will receive an additional $200,000 in FY15 to support the Alaska observing activities directed by PMEL scientist Jeremy Mathis which will be used to transition support for at least two of the four Alaska moorings and to support the FY15 Alaska coastal cruise.

The titles of the funded projects are “Effects of ocean acidification on Alaskan gadids: sensitivity to variation in prey quality and behavioral responses”; “Forecast effects of ocean acidification on Alaska crabs and pollock abundance”;  “Physiological response of commercially important crab species to predicted increases in pCO2”; and “Alaska Ocean Acidification Research: Autonomous Observations of Ocean Acidification in Alaska Coastal Seas.” The principal investigators for these studies are Tom Hurst, Bob Foy, Mike Dalton and Jeremy Mathis, respectively.

New research projects also are being considered for funding in FY 2015 (e.g., coral physiological response with PIs Bob Stone and Foy); a decision is anticipated by late spring.

By Mike Sigler

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