Federal Agencies do not Implement 2009 Law to reduce Ocean Acidification

Federal Agencies do not Implement 2009 Law to reduce Ocean Acidification

According to a statement released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government agencies have failed completely in taking coordinated action on ocean acidification, which is caused by carbon dioxide that harms marine life and shores. GAO, which is an independent agency, has called out the agencies for not implanting part of a law passed in 2009.

GAO stated that in order to increase the federal government agencies' understanding of ocean acidification, a plan has been outlined by a federal task force. It will tell the agencies how the government could respond to combat the carbon threat to oceans.

According to GAO, several government agencies have key roles to play in that fight, but agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have not implemented the key part of the 2009 law. The agencies did not estimate budget requirements for the research and monitoring plan, GOA report said.

The report further said, "Until greater clarity is provided on the entity responsible for coordinating the next steps in the federal response to ocean acidification, completing important actions, such as implementing the research and monitoring plan, will be difficult".

As per GOA's report, the ocean is becoming acidic. The conditions are worsening because ocean absorbs more than 30% of carbon dioxide emissions, and makes water more acidic. The acidic water is harming marine life and economical sector of the country. The increasing carbon dioxide emissions can affect commercial fishing, tourism and several other parts of the economy.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the report of GOA was really troubling. Oceans director for the group, Miyoko Sakashita, said that GOA report isn't enough as acidic water can lead to several other troubles for the country.

Sakashita said that NOAA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have to play important roles in stopping ocean acidification.


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