What We Do

Our main program, Global Ocean Health, focuses on ocean acidification and related challenges to healthy fisheries, oceans, and coastal communities. With an approach rooted in collaborative problem solving, we also work on a range of fisheries and marine conservation issues and sponsor targeted research and education projects.

In 2007, when it became clear that the crisis killing billions of young oysters in Washington State was caused by ocean acidification (OA), we started the Global Ocean Health (GOH) program to tackle OA and other climate change effects, realizing they could grow to threaten global seafood supplies. Because the Pacific Northwest was the first to experience these effects, and continues to be the worldwide “hot-spot” due to carbon-rich coastal upwelling, since we began GOH we have focused our attention on Washington State. Our Executive Director proposed and served on Washington’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, and we are well-known for our efforts in this field. Washington is the laboratory for how we will be affected by and adapt to ocean acidification, warming, HABs, and other climate threats as they threaten more and more areas worldwide. What we do here can blaze a trail: not only in adaptation, resilience, and mitigation, but also in tackling the root cause through effective carbon policy.

Please note the other pages of this website are out-of-date (other than our list of Board members), and we are in the process of overhauling it. To see what we’ve been up to for the past years, please visit globaloceanhealth.org, and our Facebook page.