The updated Draft Strategy, derived from ideas generated at the first Ocean Litter workshop held in Oakland, CA in May 2017, is now available for review and comment. The comment period is open from September 14th through October 16th, 2017.
The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00am to provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery and to continue discussing the short- and long-term functioning of the California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF).
The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) welcomes nominations for a vacant seat on the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) for a scientist with experience and knowledge with respect to the science supporting state and federally managed fisheries on the U.S. West Coast. OPC-SAT membership reflects the diversity of expertise needed to provide scientific advice to the California Ocean Protection Council in support of healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems. Nominations will be accepted until 30 September 2017. For more information, see the full announcement here.
California stands up for ocean protection in new comment letters to the federal government opposing offshore oil and gas drilling and urging the continued protection of the State’s four National Marine Sanctuaries.
- Letter to the Honorable Ryan Zinke, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, opposing offshore oil and gas drilling.
- Letter to the Honorable Wilbur L. Ross Jr. Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, urging the continued protection of the State’s four National Marine Sanctuaries.
The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 11:00am to provide updates on the DCTF and EC’s schedules through 2017 and to discuss priority topics identified by the Executive Committee including permit transferability regulations, in-season gear recovery efforts, and whale entanglements.