Funding Opportunity: Addressing the impacts of multiple stressors on shellfish aquaculture through research/industry partnerships


NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office and Ocean Acidification Program provided an overview & answers to FAQs for the recently announced funding opportunity tounderstand how acidification and other stressors will impact shellfish aquaculture on November 9th at 2pm EST (11amPST). A recording and answers to frequently asked questions be found here:

The Ocean Acidification Program and National Sea Grant Office are now accepting letters of intent for projects to bolster understanding of  how acidification and other stressors will impact shellfish aquaculture by seeking applications that establish, continue, and/or expand collaborations between researchers and the shellfish aquaculture industry.

Topics suitable under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) should aim to: 

(1)  build or strengthen relationships between the shellfish aquaculture industry and the aquaculture research community (including university, industry, private sector, tribal, state, and/or federal scientists representing diverse perspectives)

(2) develop scientific knowledge on the impact of ocean and coastal acidification in combination with other stressors to shellfish aquaculture; and

 (3) create data products, tools, technologies, management practices, or other deliverables that are broadly applicable to building resilience within the shellfish aquaculture sector. 

Pending appropriation of funds, NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office and Ocean Acidification Program anticipates awarding between two and six projects totaling $200,000 dollars per year. Projects must be between 1-3 years in duration.

Letters of Intent are due December 15th, 2020. Questions about the content of and information about the status of your submission can be directed to: Attn: Rebecca Certner, Competitions Manager or Erica Ombres (

Formal Notice of Funding Opportunity on

Monday, October 19, 2020
Categories: Federal Funding

Land locked to open ocean: Putting a pH sensor in the hands of students?

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

8.1. The current average pH of the ocean after being reduced significantly from decades of rampant carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere, and ultimately, absorbed by our ocean. But how is pH measured? If a citizen scientist wants to see this for themselves, is it possible? Measuring ocean pH typically requires expensive equipment and trained operators. Commonly these instruments, while highly accurate, haven't been available to those outside of the scientific community. Recently, the curious mind and drive of William Pardis, a former student at Flathead Valley Community College, allowed this disconnect to be bridged with the development of the pHyter.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Categories: FeaturedOA News

Understanding the vulnerability of shellfish hatcheries in the Chesapeake Bay to acidification


Acidification in brackish estuarine environments, such as the Chesapeake Bay, is intensified by coastal inputs such as runoff, atmospheric pollution and freshwater sources. The Chesapeake Bay is home to commercial shellfish hatcheries that supply seed that is sold to and planted in hundreds of shellfish farms within the Chesapeake. A great deal of research has been dedicated to understanding the impact of acidification on shellfish, and has shown even greater impacts to shellfish growth and survival in lower salinity and nutrient-rich environments. The shellfish industry relies on consistent hatchery production to sustain and expand operations that could greatly benefit from regional OA forecasts and metrics. This project will synthesize recent CO2 system observations with long-term water quality parameters and combine observations an existing baywide, high-resolution 3D model. The proposed research will develop forecasts of acidification and develop acidification metrics tailored to support decision-making needs of commercial shellfish hatchery and nursery operators.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Announcing Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowships in Texas and Louisiana

Proposals due April 17, 2020

The Louisiana Sea Grant and Texas Sea Grant Programs, in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), are pleased to announce the availability of Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowships for the two-year period covering the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic years. The fellowship provides a total award of $46,000 per year for two years.

The fellowship is open to full-time graduate students at any academic institution in Louisiana and Texas who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to regional ocean, coastal, and estuarine acidification. In addition to supporting the student’s academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities throughout its duration, focusing on science communication, management application, outreach, and other Sea Grant and OAP activities and mission priorities.

Proposals are due before 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 17, 2020. For more information go to 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Ocean Acidification at a Crossroad– Enhanced Respiration,Upwelling, Increasing Atmospheric CO2, and their interactions in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico”

Xinping Hu, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Among the NOAA designated Large Marine Ecosystems, the Gulf
of Mexico (GOM) remains poorly understood in terms of its current OA conditions, despite its
ecological and economic significance. In the northwestern GOM (nwGOM), decadal
acidification has been observed in the shelf-slope region, with metabolic production of CO2
contributing to a larger fraction of CO2 accumulation than uptake of anthropogenic CO2, and the
observed rate of acidification is significantly greater than that in other tropical and subtropical
areas. Unfortunately, whether the observed OA in this region represents a short-term
phenomenon or a long-term trend is unknown.
It is hypothesized that increasing atmospheric CO2, increasing terrestrial nutrient export
due to an enhanced hydrological cycle, and enhanced upwelling due to climate change will cause
the continental shelf-slope region in the nwGOM to acidify faster than other tropical and

subtropical seas. In order to test this hypothesis wave gliders, in -stiu sensor along withe underway measurements from research vessels will measure carbonated chemistry in in surface and shallow  waters. Modeling will be used tp integrate the chemical signals into the models to hindcast/predict spatia; and temporal variation of the OA signal for the the optimization of monitoring design and implementation.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020