Alaska Ocean Acidification Network
Stephen Payton of Seldovia has been collecting weekly water samples for the past two years, and sending them to the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward to help researchers document nearshore baseline OA conditions around Alaska.
Q: Tell us about yourself and how you and your community got involved in OA sampling
I’m the Fisheries Technician for the Seldovia Village Tribe. Before working for the Tribe, I worked as a seasonal employee for Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association at a weir in Seward and at the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery.
Ocean acidification has been on people’s minds for a while. In Seldovia there’s a long history of everyone highly relying on the ocean for food and work. The Seldovia area has seen huge declines in clams and shellfish that is mostly attributed to over fishing. Some shellfish are beginning to come back to levels capable of sustaining a small harvest.
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