Ocean Acidification Report for the Pacific islands
- Published on 26 April 2016
The Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Vulnerability Assessment provides Pacific island communities insight into the future changes in ocean chemistry due to acidification caused by oceans absorbing the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Ocean acidification poses a direct threat to the marine resources such as coral reefs and sea shells. It will also have direct and indirect impacts on Pacific island coastal and pelagic ecosystems. In the Pacific islands, coastal fisheries accounts for USD 200 million in subsistence value and another USD 165 million in commercial value, and the Pacific island region industrial tuna fisheries estimated at USD 6 billion.
"This report highlights the key vulnerabilities of coastal communities and ecosystems in the Pacific islands to ocean acidification, and will hopefully serve as a guide for future action," said Dr. Tommy Moore, Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification project manager of SPREP.
The Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Vulnerability Assessment is an outcome of the Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification project, coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Pacific Community and the University of the South Pacific, with support from the Government of New Zealand and the Principality of Monaco.
The Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification stems from an official two day side event at the Third United Nations Small Islands Developing States Conference in Apia, Samoa in 2014, co-hosted by the United States and New Zealand, in partnership with SPREP.
The Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Vulnerability Assessment was developed by Johanna Johnson, Johann Bell, and Alex Sen Gupta (C2O Consulting) and is now available at: www.sprep.org/attachments/Publications/CC/ocean-acidification.pdf