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The research program at PODS will focus first on collaboration with ex- isting researchers and research es- tablishments. We will seek to form partnerships with local academic in- stitutions marine-based industries and independent researchers on projects that impact the coastal en- vironment and peoples livelihoods. The potential for both national and international participation and net- working is considerable. Investigating sea urchin distribu- tion Impacts of urchins on kelp pop- ulations Study of crustacean life histo- ries such as Dungeness crab Puget Sound king crab and spot prawns Potential for geoduck farming Study of forage fish herring sandlance smelt critical habitat and breeding Study of eelgrass habitat resto- ration along a disturbance gradient Study of effects of docks on marine life Aquaculture impacts and sus- tainable development with regard to fin fish shelled mollusks and other invertebrates Microbiological studies around harmful algal bloom bacteria viruses The effects of shrimp harvesting using drag nets on marine life in local areas Genetic diversity and taxonomy of micro and macro fauna Identifying boundaries for po- tential Marine Protected Areas The effects of underwater artifi- cial sound on marine fauna Investigations into the effects of ocean acidification and tempera- ture change on shellfish aquacul- ture. Oysters pink scallops cockles and clams are all commonly har- vested here The potential risk of microplas- tics being ingested by shellfish Effects of crayfish and bullfrogs and other introduced species on stickleback species-pairs Predicting accelerating recruitment or decline of marine species is com- plex. Having the tools to establish baselines of ocean health in local coastal regions is key to under- standing these complex processes and will require collaboration of many different levels of expertise from researchers at universities to teachers and students at local colleges and schools and to local enthusiasts interested in getting in- volved in citizen science. 08