November 9, 2017


Meg Chadsey, Ocean Acidification Specialist, Washington Sea Grant: 206-616-1538 or

Brett Veerhusen, Principal, Ocean Strategies and Communications; Consultant, United Fishermen of Alaska’s Salmon Habitat Information Program: 253-219-2532 or

Is Ocean Acidification Taking a Toll on Salmon?

Learn about the impacts of acidifying waters on our salmon populations at a free expert panel during the 2017 Pacific Marine Expo on November 17

Seattle –The Pacific Northwest shellfish industry woke up to the threat of ocean acidification in the early 2000s, when growers first realized that acidified water was killing hatchery-spawned oysters. Are salmon fishermen headed for a similar crisis?

The latest science tells us that salmon are not immune to acidification. How is excess carbon dioxide affecting the waters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska? What could acidifying waters mean for salmon survival? How should the fishing industry respond?

Hear what the experts have to say at a free panel co-sponsored by Washington Sea Grant and United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA)’s Salmon Habitat Information Program at the 2017 Pacific Marine Expo. The panel will feature:

  • Chase Williams, Washington Sea Grant-funded researcher
  • Jessica Cross, NOAA oceanographer
  • Amy Grondin, commercial salmon fisherman
  • Brett Veerhusen, UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program

When: Friday, November 17

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center

Concourse Stage

Seattle, WA


Washington Sea Grant, based at the University of Washington, helps people and marine life thrive through research, technical expertise and education supporting the responsible use and conservation of coastal ecosystems. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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