Ocean Acidification, Part 2 revisits the issue of acidification on the Oregon Coast and explores solutions. Discussions with scientists, business operators and students tells the story of how our coast is managing a changing ocean. Part one of the series can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/7h08ok3hFSs This project was produced in partnership with NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, Oregon Sea Grant, PISCO, OSU College of Science Lubchenco Innovation Fund and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
The outbreak of sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) that began in 2013 devastated many species of sea stars along the North American West Coast. While the outbreak has abated, the disease persists. While there are signs of recovery for some species or local populations, there are entire species and regions that have not recovered. This is especially important because many sea stars species are major predators, and ecosystem-level changes have already been observed.
Every year since 1999, the PISCO team heads out to California's nearshore oceans and islands to monitor the health of kelp forests and evaluate the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas.