The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) was created in 2004 to help protect, conserve, and maintain healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems and the economies they support. The OPC works with diverse interests and provides the leadership needed to meet the accelerating and complex challenges of our time as set forth in the California Ocean Protection Act

Ocean Litter Strategy Update

The Proposed Final Draft Strategy  is now available for review. The Strategy will be discussed and considered for adoption by OPC at their April 24, 2018 meeting. OPC meeting information and materials, including the staff recommendation, are available here. OPC welcomes comments on the Proposed Final Draft Strategy. Please submit written comments to Written comments must be received by 5 pm on April 20, 2018 to be included in the materials provided to the Council at the meeting. Additionally, oral and written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

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DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – April 12, 2018

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm to provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery, identify priority topics for the DCTF’s discussion in 2018, and continue discussing whale entanglements in the California Dungeness crab fishery.

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Ocean Protection Council Opposes New Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling on California’s Outer Continental Shelf

On February 7, 2018 Ocean Protection Council Chairman John Laird sent a comprehensive letter to the Secretary of the Department of Interior outlining the Council’s objections to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s 2019–2024 Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The letter can be found here. The letter is in response to a resolution adopted by the Council on January 31, 2018 which state’s the Council’s opposition to the 2019-2024 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program and directs the Council Chairman to submit a letter to the Department of Interior on behalf of the Council. The resolution can be found here.

Additionally on February 7th, the Sacramento Bee published an op-ed written by Secretary Laird.  The op-ed can be found here:


2018 Meeting Schedule

  • January 31 - Sacramento
  • March 14 - Sacramento
  • April 24 - Sacramento
  • July 25 - Sacramento
  • October 25 - Santa Cruz


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