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Partnering with indigenous communities to anticipate and adapt to ocean change

Fishing boats at the Quileute Harbor Marina. Melissa Poe/Washington Sea Grant

The productive ocean off Washington state’s Olympic Coast supports an abundant web of life including kelp forests, fish, shellfish, seabirds and marine mammals. The harvest and use of these treaty-protected marine resources have been central to the local tribes’ livelihoods, food security and cultural practices for thousands of years. But ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of these waters, putting many coastal species – and the human communities that depend upon them – under threat. Scientists from around UW, including at the Washington Ocean Acidification Center, have teamed up with federal and tribal partners to study the social and ecological vulnerabilities of Olympic Coast ocean acidification.

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