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Tide Report from Upwell
Welcome back. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Today we have breaking news of Washington State announcing plans to address ocean acidification, and we ask what this week’s climate conference in Doha will mean for the ocean. And we bring very good news on shark finning from our friends across the pond.

In this issue
  1. Breaking: Washington Governor Announces Plans for Combatting Ocean Acidification
  2. NYT Addresses Sea Level Rise as Doha Conference Convenes
  3. European Parliament Votes for Sharks, Finally
  4. Kickstarter: The Twenty
  5. Benefits of Eating Seafood
  6. Calendar

Breaking: Washington Governor Announces Plans for Combatting Ocean Acidification


Governor Christine Gregoire (D-WA) just announced Washington state’s response to the final recommendations from her Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. Gregoire convened the first-in-the-nation panel in February to provide advice on combatting the potential impact of OA on the Evergreen State’s $270 million shellfish industry. The panel found that ocean acidification impacts an array of Puget Sound species, including some of our favorite seafoods: oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and more.

Their recommendations echo many that we’ve heard before: comprehensively reducing CO2 emissions in Washington and nationally, coordinating ocean acidification action across state agencies and organizations, enhancing the resilience of Washington’s shellfish industry through adaptation efforts, and increasing ocean acidification literacy through public awareness efforts.


Ocean acidification’s all over the news. Dissolving pteropod shells discovered in the Southern Ocean.

Washington’s announcement comes just days after a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience provided the first evidence that ocean acidification is already impacting marine life in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. The study’s authors captured free-swimming sea snails called pteropods from the Southern Ocean in early 2008 and found under an electron microscope that the outer layers of their hard shells bore signs of unusual corrosion - a predicted consequence of OA.

“This is actually happening now,” said co-author Geraint Tarling of the British Antarctic Survey.

Follow along: For the latest on Washington’s OA report, follow Julia Roberson who’s tweeting live from the announcement.

Amplify This: The bubble of news about OA is coming at an important time, with the climate conference in Doha kicking off. As you share OA news, link into the broader Doha conversation with a tweet like this
As the US stonewalls climate progress at #COP18 #doha, WA becomes 1st state to address #oceanacidification. http://1.usa.gov/QHcjQF

Amplify This: Connect ocean acidification to fossil fuels by sharing this image from Greenpeace USA on facebook, with text like: If we're going to dissolve shells, let's dissolve the right one! Share if you agree. 


NYT Addresses Sea Level Rise as Doha Conference Convenes

Ocean acidification is just one marine consequence of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Over the weekend, The New York Times covered another - rising sea levels - noting, “we are unlikely to keep the seas from climbing less than five feet” by the first half of next century. 

Under such a scenario, the authors write, “our calculations show that New York City would average one flood as high as Hurricane Sandy’s about every 15 years, even without accounting for the stronger storms and bigger surges that are likely to result from warming.” The challenge is in preventing sea level rise from being any greater.

This week, Doha in Qatar is the site of the latest round of talks of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. How much progress will there be toward making commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions? More pertinently, how much progress will there be in meeting those commitments? And, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, how much attention will there be to the impacts of climate change on the ocean, and the enormous number of people who rely on it?

Amplify This: Climate Central has produced an interactive “Surging Seas” site that enables you to see what 5 feet - or more - of sea level rise might mean for your community. Check it out and share it with your Twitter followers.
What does 5 ft of sea level rise mean for you? http://bit.ly/WslEIy @climatecentral Will #Doha spur action? http://nyti.ms/UPba6Q


European Parliament Votes for Sharks, Finally

Two months ago, we sent out a High Tide Alert that asked everyone to help persuade European Parliamentarians to strengthen EU regulations on shark finning. Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, the resulting vote by the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee was so full of caveats that it was more confusing than victorious.
 
No longer. Last week, the full European Parliament voted to ban the removal of sharks’ fins at sea, and thus to require that fins remain attached to the bodies of all sharks caught in EU waters and by EU vessels globally. The effort is not yet over: the Parliament’s vote must be ratified by EU fisheries ministers. But it is an important first step, and congratulations are due to those who have worked so hard to make it happen. 
 
Amplify This: Share this congratulatory tweet with your followers: Congratulations to @SharkAlliance and allies for EU Parliament vote banning shark-finning. Next stop, EU fisheries ministers. #savesharks


The Twenty
For twenty years, twenty men have withstood a slew of deep-pocket developers, major corporations, and elected officials in their effort to protect the Gaviota Coast’s incredible biodiversity and unparalleled scenic beauty. Those twenty men are the Santa Barbara chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and the Gaviota Coast is southern California’s “last stretch of unspoiled, rural coastline.” A Kickstarter project is seeking to raise the funds to complete a movie, “The Twenty”, that documents this effort to defend “one of California’s last great places.” Watch the trailer:



Amplify This: The Kickstarter project has two days left to reach their fundraising goal, or they lose all the pledges. Help save this coastline by sharing a facebook link to The Twenty's kickstarter page, along with text like: 
Can we preserve the last 20 miles of undeveloped coastline in Southern California? You bet we can! This kickstarter project shows the way forward. Help make it a reality in the final 48 hours.

Watch This

The Benefits of Eating Seafood Caught between the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and concerns about mercury? Uncertain about the relative nutritional benefits of wild and farmed fish? On balance, says Carolyn Butler in the Washington Post, eating seafood is generally good for your health - but do your best to be aware of where the fish comes from, or confine yourself to the species listed on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch “super green” list.


Calendar
November 25-29
2012 MPA Conference, San Francisco, California

November 26-December 3
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Doha Climate Conference. Doha, Qatar. #COP18 
 
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