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Engaging U.S. Commercial Fishing Community to Develop Recommendations for Fishery-Sensitive mCDR Governance, Collaborative Research and Monitoring, and Outreach to Fishing Communities

Fishery-responsive management is an important component of implementing any marine carbon dioxide removal. Pictured are fishermen at sea with fish in a hold. Credit: iStock

Why we care
Marine carbon dioxide removal strategies will interact with fishery ecosystems, resources, and activities. It is important to engage with commercial fisheries early to develop an accurate understanding of governance concerns to build trust and fishery-sensitive governance. 

What we will do
The project will leverage existing networks of fishermen from the Northeast, Alaska, and the West Coast to create marine carbon dioxide removal literacy within the community. The project will form a fisherman’s marine carbon dioxide learning learning committee and will produce informational sheets, webinars and articles. Next, the partners will work with this committee, experts within NOAA, and coastal acidification networks to develop three documents to offer guidance on: 1) best practices for siting including recommendations of criteria for project evaluation and permitting, 2) methods to engage commercial fisherman as co-producers of necessary data from observing system and ecosystem impact studies, and 3) ways to engage with the fishman community in culturally appropriate ways. 

Benefits of our work
The project aims to engage and build trust with commercial fishermen. This work provides guidance on engagement, co-production of information, and fishery-responsive criteria for marine carbon dioxide removal development. The three guidance documents will allow for enhanced collaboration and understanding between the different ocean users, particularly the fishery communities.

Award amount: $99,591
Funding source(s): Office of Naval Research, ClimateWorks Foundation
Project duration: 2 years

Fiona Hogan, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance
Roger Griffis, NOAA Office of Science and Technology (OST)
Sarah Schumann, Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting, LLC

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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) works to prepare society to adapt to the consequences of ocean acidification and conserve marine ecosystems as acidification occurs. Learn more about the human connections and adaptation strategies from these efforts.

Adaptation approaches fostered by the OAP include:


Using models and research to understand the sensitivity of organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification to make predictions about the future, allowing communities and industries to prepare


Using these models and predictions as tools to facilitate management strategies that will protect marine resources and communities from future changes


Developing innovative tools to help monitor ocean acidification and mitigate changing ocean chemistry locally


On the Road

Drive fuel-efficient vehicles or choose public transportation. Choose your bike or walk! Don't sit idle for more than 30 seconds. Keep your tires properly inflated.

With your Food Choices

Eat local- this helps cut down on production and transport! Reduce your meat and dairy. Compost to avoid food waste ending up in the landfill

With your Food Choices

Make energy-efficient choices for your appliances and lighting. Heat and cool efficiently! Change your air filters and program your thermostat, seal and insulate your home, and support clean energy sources

By Reducing Coastal Acidification

Reduce your use of fertilizers, Improve sewage treatment and run off, and Protect and restore coastal habitats

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You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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