Demystifying Ocean Acidification & Coastal Hypoxia- Public event on Oct 23, 2012

A public forum about ocean health in Oregon

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What are the phenomena of ocean acidification and coastal hypoxia? What is causing them? What are their likely impacts on marine species and coastal communities, and what can be done to minimize these impacts? Come and learn the answers to these questions, and about the cutting-edge research being conducted through presentations by scientists from Oregon State University, management agencies, and industry. Following the presentations, a panel of experts will answer your questions, and will discuss what individuals, communities, and government agencies can do to reduce and manage impacts.

 Location: Tillamook Bay Community College
       Room 214/215, 4301 3rd St, Tillamook, OR  97141
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-8:30pm
This event is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required (to pre-register, please click here). For more information, please contact Joe Tyburczy (, 541-737-4202).
6:15    Light appetizers & refreshments served – prepared by the Tillamook Bay Community College Culinary Arts Program
6:30    Introduction of speakers, overview of evening
6:45    Demystifying Ocean Acidification & Coastal Hypoxia - Francis Chan (OSU Zoology, PISCO)
7:00    Ocean Acidification and You! (or why does Oregon seem to be experiencing this problems so soon?) - Burke Hales (OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS))
7:15    Keeping tabs on the Coastal Ocean: how scientists monitor ocean acidification & hypoxia – Jack Barth (OSU CEOAS, PISCO)
7:30    Greetings from the Coal Mine: Understanding the effects of acidified seawater on the Pacific Northwest shellfish industry - Alan Barton (Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery)
7:45    Q & A panel facilitated by moderator (Jack Barth). Panel will include previous speakers plus George Waldbusser (OSU CEOAS), Steve Rumrill (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)), and Waldo Wakefield (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). It will include discussion of what individuals, communities, government agencies, etc. can do to reduce and manage impacts globally and locally.
8:30    Adjourn
This event is being hosted by the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at Oregon State University through funding awarded by Oregon Sea Grant.
The planning committee for this event includes:
Jack Barth (OSU CEOAS, PISCO), Francis Chan (OSU Zoology, PISCO), Kristen Milligan (OSU Zoology, PISCO), Joe Tyburczy (OSU Zoology, PISCO), George Waldbusser (OSU CEOAS), Burke Hales (OSU CEOAS), Steve Rumrill (ODFW), Heather Reiff (COMPASS), and Dave Landkamer (Oregon Sea Grant).
Recent news coverage in the Washington Post and the Oregonian:
"And last year, a team of researchers led by Oregon State University professor George Waldbusser found that the pH in the lower part of the Chesapeake Bay is declining at a rate that’s three times faster than the open Pacific Ocean, partly because of increased nutrient runoff from farming and other activities."
For more information about ocean acidification and hypoxia:


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