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Supporting Tribal Ocean Acidification Monitoring Programs

Spruce Island in the Kodiak region of Alaska. Bull kelp at water's surface with island in the background. Ocean acidification monitoring in this region helps prepare Kodiak Tribes for the impacts of ocean change. Credit: NOAA

Why we care:
Alaskan Native communities rely on healthy marine ecosystems for work, sustenance and their way of life. Ocean acidification has documented impacts to marine life and these communities. Community members participate in ocean acidification monitoring and we need to better understand how to meet community needs and fill important monitoring gaps. Monitoring has been intermitten since 2017 and this work will aid in sustaining this work.

NOAA Ocean Acidification supports workforce development through funding a fellow for this project with the 2023 Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program.

What we will do:
Jake Cohen is the fellow working with Alaska Sea Grant and the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) in partnership with Kodiak Tribes to support Tribal ocean acidification monitoring programs. He will develop a long-term plan for ocean acidification monitoring to identify funding sources and gaps, and conduct a needs assessment so that the program meets the needs of Kodiak Tribes. The program has faced many obstacles, and KANA does not have the capacity in its facility for a long-term program. The fellow is working within KANA to develop a collaborative program that engages project partners, including AOOS, NOAA, Alaska Sea Grant, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Kodiak College, Kodiak Tribes, and other interested parties. The fellow will attend appropriate marine monitoring workshops and trainings in an effort to stay connected and up-to-date with programs throughout Alaska. Additionally, Jake will also assist on a Gulf of Alaska ocean acidification regional vulnerability assessment with Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

Benefits of our work:
This work will identify specific ocean acidification monitoring and support needs by Kodiak Tribes,. Additionally, it supports the career development of a fellow and increase capacity in the region. Check out this brief ocean acidification and monitoring guide for Kodiak communities.

Image: Spruce Island in the Kodiak region of Alaska. NOAA

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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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