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Price tag on corrosive oceans in AK, KSM mine sails through permits
July 30, 2014

Ocean acidification in AK

Ocean acidification in AK

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Putting a price tag on corrosive oceans and the KSM mine sails through approval. More after this –

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 Fishing communities in Southeast and Southwest Alaska face the highest risk from increasingly corrosive oceans.

That’s the conclusion of a soon to be published study that for the first time puts a price tag on eventual fishing losses caused by out of kilter ocean chemistry. The study stems from collaboration by NOAA Fisheries, the University of Alaska and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. It looked at components of the final ocean acidification risks for each of Alaska’s census areas to make its conclusions.

It says that Southeast and Southwest regions face the highest risk for commercial, subsistence and sports fisheries because they rely heavily on fisheries expected to be most affected by the ocean changes. The study quantifies the potential job and revenue losses and subsistence impacts.

 We’re gaining the baseline understanding on how the water chemistry in the Gulf is changing, and being able to tying that to the impacts on the fish they are catching.

 Jeremy Mathis is co-author of the study and director of the University’s Ocean Acidification Research Center. It will be published in Progress in Oceanography, and Fish Radio will broadcast the results.

 In another threat to the Panhandle’s fisheries – British Columbia’s KSM mine has sailed through the permitting process. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency concluded that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse impacts and safeguards will prevent any harm to Alaska’s fisheries and human health. The KSM mine will include three of North America’s largest open pit gold and copper mines at the headwaters of primary salmon rivers just 19 miles from the Alaska border. A final comment period is open through August 20th.  

Thanks to the assist from the Cordova Times.

 Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.