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Sanctuary Education Team Hosts “Understanding Ocean Acidification” Workshop
On October 23rd, the Sanctuary Education Team, a working group of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, along with the sanctuary, Channel Islands National Park, UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Ty Warner Sea Center, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and COSEE (Centers forOcean Sciences Education Excellence)-West, hosted a second "Understanding OceanAcidification" workshop for 75 volunteers who interact with the public on whale watch boats, at outreach events or in an aquarium setting. The first workshop was held on October 7th at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center for 40 volunteers. Ocean Acidification is an emerging issue that could have far-reaching impacts on the health of our marine environment, and on the long-term sustainability of ecosystems that support human populations. The "Understanding Ocean Acidification" workshops provided volunteers with scientific background and current research on ocean acidification, case studies about successful aquarium oceanacidification education and outreach efforts, hands-on interactive activities demonstrating physical properties of ocean acidification, and an opportunity to interact with people and organizations that are making a difference in their communities by reducing energy use and developing environmentally sustainable practices. An “Understanding Ocean Acidification” web site has been developed at cisanctuary.org/acidocean by a team from Citrix Online as part of their Global Volunteer Day of Impact in collaboration with the workshop partners. The web site has videos and PDFs of the workshop presentations, hands on activities, a place where visitors can make a pledge to help the ocean, and recommended resources on oceanacidification. The CINMS education team has also developed eight ocean acidification outreach kits (one for each volunteer group that participated in the workshops and one for each national marine sanctuary along the west coast). For more information: laura.francis@noaa.gov.

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