Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Research Talk

November 18, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
2400 Hwy 101
Yachats, OR
Siuslaw National Forest Service, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

More acidic seawater is corrosive and contains less of the minerals that oysters need to build their shells. | Photo by Marc Dewey, Taylor Shellfish

Fall on the central Oregon coast brings with it free educational presentations and events at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. In addition to the hiking, tidepooling, and exploring always available, visitors can enjoy a variety of speakers and topics every Saturday from October 28-December 16 through the Cape Perpetua Speaker Series, as well as other special events. All events are free.

The rocky intertidal habitats in the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve are a hotspot of biodiversity. Scientists have been monitoring the dynamics and intertidal species here for decades. In addition, scientists have been conducting oceanography, hypoxia, and ocean acidification studies in this area since the early 2000s. Steven Rumrill, Shellfish Program Lead and Daniel Sund, Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Researcher with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program will present research related to ocean acidification along the Pacific Coast and its potential impact on coastal ecosystems.