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Ocean Acidification Funding for FY 2016

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The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) will receive $369,961 to continue Ocean Acidification research in FY 2016, similar to the amount received last year. These new 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. Results also will be incorporated into population and bioeconomic models; this work will be completed by the Socioeconomics Assessment Program in Seattle. Principal investigators for these projects are Tom Hurst, Bob Foy, and Mike Dalton.

In addition, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory will receive $205,011 for ocean monitoring. While no funding from the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program was allocated towards coldwater coral studies; AFSC and Essential Fish Habitat funds were allocated to an experiment underway at the Kodiak Lab. The Principal Investigators for this project are Bob Stone and Bob Foy. The project is the only ocean acidification research for coldwater corals conducted by NOAA.

By Mike Sigler


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