An East Coast Problem Worth Watching

There are more than 1,000 shellfish businesses and farms along the East Coast, many of which are family owned and operated. However, basic changes in seawater chemistry are threatening to impact the ecosystem they depend on.

Urge your member of Congress to attend the shellfish growers’ upcoming briefing and watch this important video discussing the issue.

Scientists are concerned that shellfish species and the people on the East Coast who rely on them will be impacted by ocean acidification.

Take action today to ensure your member of Congress knows the importance of this issue.


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Message to your member of Congress

I urge you to attend this briefing.

Dear [Decision Maker],

Ocean acidification and its impact on the East Coast shellfish industry continues to grow.

Changes in the chemistry of the ocean alter the basic building blocks of life needed by shell-building animals to build their shells. These are the same shellfish species your state's fisheries depend on to survive. We must pay attention to this change and its potential impact on our nation's economy.

This is a highly important issue to me, and I urge you to watch this video about the matter and attend the briefing held by shellfish growers from the East and West coasts:

House Briefing
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Congressional Briefing 10-11 a.m. ROOM TBC
Shellfish Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. ROOM TBC

Senate Briefing
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Senate Briefing 2-3 p.m. Dirksen G-11

Thank you for your attention,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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