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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Ocean Acidification Committee will hold its first meeting on Aug. 1.

The committee is studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state's environment and its economy. It is slated to meet in Walpole.

The Maine state Legislature passed a law this spring establishing the commission to study and address the effects of ocean acidification on ecosystems and shellfisheries. State officials say the commission is the first of its kind in the eastern United States.

State officials say the 16-member council will meet at least four times before completing its work by Dec. 5. It will then report findings to the state legislature's Marine Resources Committee.

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