How tribes are adapting to ocean acidificationSep 6th, 2013 • Category: NWIFC Blog
The Great American Adaptation Road Trip blog has an interesting post featuring several communities around Puget Sound. It includes several notes about how tribes in particular are adapting to climate change and ocean acidification.
Right now, the Nisqually purchase seed from several hatcheries, but they want to give as much of their business as they can to the Lummi Nation’s shellfish hatchery in Bellingham, Washington. Dewey of Taylor shellfish says that the Lummi may have unintentionally discovered a strategy that buffers against the impacts of ocean acidification: the intake to their hatchery is from a saltwater pond (originally used for salmon), which allows them to avoid the upwelling events that bring in more acidic water. Shotwell says that relationships with people—or social capital—are often what help her to secure seed in times of scarcity.