Registration still open for “State of the Science” Workshop


Bob Foy of NOAA’s Kodiak Lab holds up tanner crab, a commercially important species to Alaska, and susceptible to OA. Bob will be among the workshop speakers talking about the affects of ocean acidification on marine life.

The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network is hosting a 2-day workshop in Anchorage, inviting a broad audience across the state interested in ocean acidification issues.

Dates: Nov 30-Dec 1, 2016
Location: Anchorage Downtown Marriott (820 W 7th Ave)
Registration: This workshop is free and open to the public. REGISTER HERE

Remote Viewing sites:

  • Cordova – Prince William Sound Science Center
  • Fairbanks – UAF Campus; IARC/Akasofu 407
  • Homer – (likely on campus)
  • Juneau – ADF&G Headquarters, 12255 W. 8th St. Caribou Room (1st floor)
  • Kodiak – Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center Room 219
  • Nome – UAF Northwest Campus, small conference room
  • Seward – Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Sitka – Island Institute (304 Baranof Street)
  • Unalaska – UAF Aleutian-Pribilof Center
  • Or join from your personal computer. Sign up to connect from home  (please register above as well)

Workshop Goals and Format

The aim of this workshop is to educate the broader Alaska community on the processes and consequences of OA, create connections between researchers and stakeholders, and develop new ideas and partnerships to enhance monitoring and community engagement. A report on the state of the science in Alaska will be produced after the workshop, as well as a set of recommendations to help guide the Alaska OA Network.

Day 1 will be conducted in plenary format and is intended to engage a broad audience including fishermen, shellfish growers, resource managers, researchers, coastal residents and anyone interested in ocean acidification. This first day will provide the basics on OA and an overview of research, monitoring, trends, forecasts and strategies for adaptation.  Day 2 will be more discussion-oriented and include breakout groups, a session for OA researchers, and a meeting of the Alaska OA Network steering committee.


Wednesday, November 30 (main day)  Download agenda

8-8:15: Welcome (Darcy Dugan, AOOS)
8:15-8:25: OA in the policy context: Remarks from Senator Murkowski (by video) and Senator Sullivan (via Alaska office director Mike Fleagle)
8:25-9:05: Ocean acidification in Alaska – OA basics, current monitoring efforts, trends, and areas of highest concern (Jessica Cross, NOAA/OARC)
9:05-9:20: Discussion and questions
9:20-9:50am: Community engagement and communicating OA – connecting information with stakeholders (Meg Chadsey, Washington Sea Grant)
9:50-10:20am: BREAK
10:20-10:50am: OA in the national context – federal research strategy, program activities, policy initiatives – (Libby Jewett, NOAA OAP Director)
10:50-12:00 Flash talks on Monitoring Projects (10 min each), panel Q&A at end
    – Instrumenting the Alaska Marine Highway: Wiley Evans, Hakai Institute
    – Alutiiq Pride projects: Jeff Hetrick, Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery
    – Kachemak Bay monitoring: Kris Holderied, NOAA
    – New Sitka initiatives: Esther Kennedy, Sitka Tribe
    – OA kiosk & outreach – Hannah Heimbuch, Alaska Marine Conservation Council
12:00-1:30: LUNCH – on your own
1:30-2:15 pm: Flash talks on biological impacts (10 minutes each) panel Q&A at end
    – Crab – Bob Foy, NOAA Kodiak Lab
    – Clams – Amanda Kelley, UAF OARC
    – Groundfish – Amanda Kelley, UAF OARC
    – Zooplankton – Dick Feely, NOAA PMEL
2:15-2:45: OA and the shellfish industry – research/industry partnerships uncovering new insights (Burke Hales, Oregon State University)
2:45-3:15pm: OA in the Pacific Northwest – findings and lessons learned (Jan Newton, NANOOS)
3:15-3:45 BREAK
3:45-4pm: Forecasting and modeling ocean acidification – lessons from the Pacific Northwest and the Gulf of Alaska (Sam Siedlecki, Univ. WA)
4-4:15: Why are Alaska waters so susceptible to OA? – (Dick Feely, NOAA PMEL)
4:15-4:45: An OA adaptation strategy for Alaska – (Jeremy Mathis, NOAA)
4:45-5pm: Wrap-up and interactive audience polling – (Darcy Dugan, AOOS)
5-6:30pm: Networking Reception – lower floor

Thursday, December 1

(Morning sessions at Marriott. Afternoon sessions at AOOS – 1007 W. 3rd Ave Suite 100)

8-9:30am: Ways to engage audiences and inspire local action to address ocean acidification: techniques and tools for communicating about OA to diverse audiences, from students to community leaders to the media. We’ll also discuss ways that engaged citizens can take action on this issue, both locally and nationally as well as local stewardship projects that can help mitigate OA.  Led by Meg Chadsey from Washington Sea Grant (connect by webinar with same link as Day 1).

9:45-11:45am: Expanding and leveraging the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network: Facilitated discussion and breakouts. Topics to include (1) Engaging the fishing community in ocean acidification, (2) Tribal involvement in ocean acidification monitoring, (3) Responding to ocean acidification for shellfish growers, (4) Developing Alaska-specific strategies for communicating OA to decision makers. Session descriptions and call-in numbers for individual breakouts. (connect by audio only. Intro will use same phone line as previous morning session.  Breakouts will have their own lines, listed in link).

12-2:30pm Session for Researchers (Invite only. Lunch included)

2:45-5pm Alaska OA Network Steering Committee Meeting: Review network goals, plan activities for upcoming year, discuss long term role of network, establish long-term members and a chair.

Please email network coordinator Darcy Dugan,, with questions.

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