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Gov. Gregoire announces actions to protect shellfish from ocean acidification

November 28, 2012
Mussels farmed in coastal areas and in the open ocean are one of the most promising sectors of U.S. marine aquaculture. Pictured above, workers harvest a mussel raft in Shelton, WA. [credit: NOAA Aquaculture Office]

On November 27, 2012, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed an executive order today underscoring the importance of recommendations from her Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification to address the growing problem of ocean acidification in Washington, which threatens the state’s shellfish resources and its $270 million shellfish industry.

This effort is an outcome of the Washington Shellfish Initiative, which itself is associated with NOAA's 2011 announcement of a National Shellfish Initiative, whichs aims to increase populations of bivalve shellfish in our nation’s coastal waters through commercial production and conservation activities.

At the announcement of the Blue Ribbon Panel’s final recommendations, the Governor was joined by Dr. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by panel members, and by a host of top science, policy and elected officials.

Read the press release from Governor Gregoire 

Learn more about NOAA's National Shellfish Initiative