In January 2015, the Maine state panel studying ocean acidification released its final report. The report outlines suggested actions for state and federal policymakers to address the uncertainty and threat posed by ocean acidification.

The Island Institute praised the report and called on the state and federal government to respond by enacting the recommendations contained in the report.

The report was approved unanimously by a diverse group that included fishermen, aquaculturists, marine scientists, regulators, and other stakeholders.

The report recommends that the state of Maine fund the deployment of monitoring equipment so that marine scientists and regulators can better understand the current state of acidification in coastal waters.

“When you’re studying something as complex as ocean chemistry, there’s no substitute for good data,” said Dr. Susie Arnold, a marine scientist at the Island Institute and a member of the commission. “Getting monitoring equipment in the water is a crucial next step to help us understand what’s going on in our ocean and what we can do about it.”