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Public Meeting – South Coast Collaborative Forum

Ocean Protection Council representatives will meet with co-chairs and members of the San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Catalina Island, and Santa Barbara Channel Marine Protected Area Collaboratives, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the Cabrillo Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro, California, to discuss common themes, identify needs, and make plans for the coming year. Council action will not occur at this forum. A copy of the agenda is available here

Public Webinar – Monday, May 4, 2015 – Implementation of AB2516, Sea-level Rise Planning Database

The Ocean Protection Council will be hosting a public webinar on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 11-12 to provide information on implementation of AB2516, the Sea-level Rise Planning Database, which calls on various entities to report on sea-level rise planning activities and for the Natural Resources Agency and Ocean Protection Council to make the information available online.   Later this month the Ocean Protection Council will be releasing a public review draft of the survey that will be sent to the reporting entities. This survey has been mandated by Public Resources Code Division 20.6 §30961-30968. Under this law, required entities are to submit their information by July 1, 2015. This information will then be made publically available in a catalogue on the Natural Resources Agency website.  Please contact with any questions.   See below for information on how to join the webinar via Webex:


Webinar Topic: Implementation of AB2516

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
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Readying California’s Fisheries for Climate Change – Workshop Summary, Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

fishAs the State’s anointed conduit to the broader scientific community, the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) is the appropriate venue for the State to access external scientific expertise and support. At this workshop Ocean Science Trust brought together the OPC-SAT, state managers and policymakers, and other experts to develo approaches to planning for the potential risks to our fisheries from climate change – a shared priority between the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Below are the initial areas of agreement and outcomes that emerged, providing a sound starting point for efforts going forward.

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Fishery Bulletin: Ecological Effects Of Bottom Trawling On Fish Habitat Along The Central California Outer Continental Shelf (Lindholm et al.)

ccgpA collaborative research study funded in part by the OPC, conducted by California fishermen, The Nature Conservancy and CSU Monterey Bay found negligible effects to the seafloor in certain types of “soft” sea bottom (primarily mud and sand) on the continental shelf off central California when using small footrope trawl gear. This study adds to a growing body of literature from around the world showing trawling impacts are context dependent—they depend on the type of gear used, the types of habitats trawled and how often trawling occurs. For more information please read the peer reviewed study here. The study does not imply that all soft-bottom habitats should be open to trawling but that, with new research and technology – there are mechanisms to fine-tune fishery regulations to protect vulnerable habitats while also help to sustain local commercial fisheries.

Workshop: Readying California’s Fisheries for Climate Change

fishThe Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team will be conducting a workshop Readying California’s Fisheries for Climate Change on February 25, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Elihu M. Harris State Building, Room 2, Oakland, California. This event is hosted by California Ocean Science Trust.




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