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Ocean Acidification Task Force Meeting
Public Meeting on Effects of Ocean Acidification in New York
The New York Ocean Acidification Task Force [ https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/114877.html ] will hold its third meeting to work toward assessing impacts of acidification on the ecological, economic, and recreational health of New York’s coastal waters, identifying contributing factors, and recommending actions to reduce and address negative impacts.
*The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Stony Brook University’s South Campus, 120 Endeavour Hall, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.* (Google Maps [ https://www.google.com/maps/place/Endeavour,+Stony+Brook,+NY+11790/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e838ccac262b97:0x56379edaec89ac60?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj-t8jageLiAhWvuFkKHf4iDVAQ8gEwAHoECAoQAQ ])
Pteropod showing effects of ocean acidification
Ocean acidification occurs when increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, runoff, and/or nutrient influx from land cause the formation of carbonic acid, making the ocean increasingly acidic. This acidity can adversely affect many of the marine animals that call this environment home and on which an important part of our economy relies. Unfortunately, the current rate of change of ocean acidification is faster than any time on record, and New Yorks ocean and coastal water environment has the potential to be particularly vulnerable.
The Ocean Acidification Task Force has been established to ensure that the best available science is used to assess and respond to this emerging threat to New Yorks marine waters and fisheries.