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Blue Ribbon panel on ocean issues speaks in Port Angeles

April 16th, 2013 - 6:16am

(Port Angeles) -- Members of a governor's panel spoke in Port Angeles yesterday about ocean acidification.

The group has just released a report outlining 42 findings and recommendations to deal with the phenomenon. Scientists say high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are being absorbed by the oceans. That's causing oceans to become more acid and is killing sealife.

Betsy Peabody, founder of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, is on the panel. She says the area's oyster industry has been hit hardest by the water changes. But she says Clallam County is in a unique position to be affected and deal with ocean acidification.

Peabody says there could even be new industry developed to grow sea grasses and harvest them as a way to capture the added CO2 in area waters.

The panel talked with the public last night at the Port Angeles Senior Center. Earlier in the day they met with Clallam County officials and made an appearance on the KONP's "Todd Ortloff Show".

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