The Island Institute, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hosted a workshop at the Maine Maritime Museum on October 7, 2014 to discuss potential impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on coastal communities, learn about vulnerability assessment techniques, and discuss mitigation and adaptation strategies for Maine to consider. The workshop attracted 71 participants from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, legislators, fishermen, aquaculturists, and staff of municipalities, state agencies, NGOs, and water quality groups.

Read the workshop agenda here

Primary Goals of the Workshop

  1. Raise awareness in Maine about tools and data that can be used to assess social and economic vulnerability to OA
  2. Explore mitigation and adaptation options and demonstrate how the results of a vulnerability analysis can be used to focus these efforts
  3. Solicit feedback on the methods of existing vulnerability assessments and identify local data and information needs for mitigation and adaptation to inform future priorities for Maine.