Tomorrow on the Portland waterfront join us for an exciting announcement about how Maine is addressing the problem of ocean acidification. We will also honor leaders in the state working to address this problem. Caused in part by carbon pollution, ocean acidification has the potential to negatively impact Maine’s important fishing industry.
This past spring, Maine’s Legislature passed a law, sponsored by Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle, that establishes a study commission made up of scientists, fishermen and legislators to study the effects of ocean acidification and its potential effects on commercial shellfish harvested and grown in Maine’s coastal waters. This is the first state law of its kind on the East Coast.
Speaking at the event will be State Senator Chris Johnson of Somerville, who will serve as co-chair of the study commission. He will unveil the names of the other commission appointments. Joe Payne, Casco-Bay Keeper, will give an ocean acidification demonstration and lobsterman Richard Nelson and oyster farmer Eric Horne will speak to what increased acidity means for their shellfisheries.
We are delighted that Representative Chellie Pingree will also be joining us to speak about a similar study measure she introduced in Congress.
· Directions: Parking is available at the visitors lot of the Marine Trade Center, 2 Portland Fish Pier. From there, walk 100 yards toward the back of the Pierce Atwood building to the “net yard.”