Opportunities to Address Ocean Acidification Impacts in New Jersey
Ocean acidification (OA) is the process by which the addition of carbon dioxide acts to increase seawater acidity and lower pH, with potentially harmful ecological and economic consequences. As such, the New Jersey Coastal Management Program (CMP) engaged a team at Rutgers University to offer insights as to potential approaches that the CMP could undertake to initiate a focused OA effort in New Jersey. This report includes:
• Insights and observations about OA opportunities and policies in New Jersey;
• A Summary Table of 11 States’ Ocean Acidification Efforts;
• Groundwork Toward Developing a New Jersey OA Observation and Research Plan;
• Outline of a Potential OA Plan for New Jersey based on best practices in other states.