Chemistry Matters, A Briefing on Ocean Acidity

October 4, 2016

Chemistry Matters

On behalf of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), IGES President, Nancy Colleton, provided opening remarks at “Chemistry Matters” a Congressional briefing on ocean acidity held on Capitol Hill on September 22nd.


Sponsored by Representatives Sam Farr (CA-20) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), the COL briefing focused on ocean acidity impacts on oyster larvae and blue crabs, and highlighted steps NOAA is taking to advance knowledge in this area.


Colleton’s remarks noted the impact of ocean acidity on the nation’s economic stability including the country’s:

  • $7.3 billion seafood industry
  • $101.1 billion recreation and tourism sector
  • $26.8 trillion contribution of coastal areas to the global economy; and the
  • 164 million Americans living in coastal watershed counties.


A summary of the briefing is provide here: