Seaside Sustainability collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to work on projects in the area of marine sciences. Most recently we have partnered with Salem sound Coast-watch to facilitate acidification testing of the Northshore Mudflats.


Mudflat Acidification Testing

Seaside Sustainability partners with Salem Sound Coastwatch measure the effects that CO2 has on the mudflats that surround the North Shore.  SSCW Partner: Jack Nessen jacknessen@salemsound.org. 

Locations: Annisquam River @ Gloucester High School, Conomo Point, Essex, and Tucks Point & Masconomo Park, Manchester 

About

Mudflat acidification occurs as a 0result of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification happens when carbon dioxide is absorbed into the water causing the pH and calcium carbonate levels to drop.

Effects

Lower calcium carbonate levels leading to decreased shell formation in shellfish

A decrease in marine food availability

Decrease in corals

Potential Ways to Reduce

Reduce man-made carbon dioxide emissions

Reduce plastic usage

Educate others

We work with a wide network of partners to create and implement sustainability initiatives both locally and regionally. Seaside has teamed up with Gloucester’s Clean City Commission and other local partners to develop and collaborate local environmental projects.