From: The Honorable Mark Takai
Sent By: seanna.pieper-jordan@mail.house.gov
Date: 12/2/2015

BRIEFING TODAY @ 2:30PM on Ocean Acidification: An Economic, Environmental, Social, and Cultural Issue

Representative Mark Takai of Hawaii, the Ocean Caucus and the Ocean Conservancy would like to invite you to a briefing focused on ocean acidification. Representative Takai, in coordination with the Ocean Caucus, will be hosting this briefing to bring attention to the current and future implications of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is an issue seen throughout our oceans and poses multiple threats to marine species and habitats. In particular, it can cause changes in fish behavior and significantly alter their senses. It is also clear that ocean acidification has detrimental effects on coral, which serve as a habitat for young finfish. Predatory finfish also need healthy coral reefs for a steady supply of prey in order to survive. Ocean acidification may disrupt all of these relationships and could significantly hurt finfish in ways scientists are now discovering.

TODAY, Wednesday, December 2, 2015
421 Cannon House Office Building
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This is a widely attended event
Snacks and refreshments will be provided

Panelists:

Dr. Rusty Brainard
Supervisory Oceanographer and Chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu

Dr. Danielle Dixson
Associate Professor, University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy

 

The Ocean Caucus is a bipartisan group of 67 Members dedicated to building awareness, exchanging ideas and information, and exploring the wide variety of issues related to the oceans. Specific attention is centered on issues such as ocean acidification, marine debris, advancing the ocean observing system to provide ocean data to the fishing industry and coastal communities, and implementing electronic monitoring systems for fisheries management. It is co-chaired by Rep. Farr and Rep. Young.

Note: if members and staff would like to educate others on the critical issue of ocean acidification today, we encourage them to tweet using:

#oceanacidification 

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