Ocean acidification, a potentially catastrophic threat to shellfish harvesters and the coastal communities they live in, is one of a variety of climate related risks confronting both the Gulf of Maine and Alaska.
This week, Maine US Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) and Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) reintroduced bills in their respective chambers that would take the first steps in mitigating the problem by directing federal authorities to identify exactly where the greatest risks and gaps in knowledge are. With Democrats in control of the House, Pingree told me she’s pretty upbeat the measures might become law.
I have the story in yesterday’s Portland Press Herald.
For more context on the problem, start with this series.