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