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Ocean Protection Council Meeting, December 2, 2014

The Ocean Protection Council will hold its public meeting on On December 2, 2014, 1 PM, at the Secretary of State’s Auditorium, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento. The OPC will be acting on items related to the OPC’s Scientific Advisory Team membership, marine protected area management, and grants related to incorporating sea-level rise into Local Coastal Programs. Please note the meeting date has changed from December 3, 2014.

Request For Nominations – Ocean And Coastal Board Member For The Ocean Science Trust Board Of Trustees

The Ocean Science Trust Board of Directors is seeking to appoint a member who will represent Ocean and Coastal Interest Groups in California pursuant to California Public Resources Code 36992. Qualified candidates should have a majority, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Experience as trustees or directors of for profit or nonprofit corporations
  • Experience managing budgets and fundraising;
  • Experience related, but not limited to, sport fishing, commercial fishing, coast and ocean recreation and tourism, marine conservation, and ocean-dependent industries; and
  • Demonstrated leadership in his/her field.

Nominations should be submitted electronically by January 15, 2015. Relevant documents that comprise the nomination packet include: a letter of recommendation from a coastal or ocean interest group or non-profit organization, the nominee’s biography, the nominee’s CV, and any other documents that evidence the nominee’s credentials.

More information can be obtained by emailing Skyli McAfee at All selections will be made by the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, in accordance with law.

DCTF Meeting Agenda for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Dungeness Crab Task Force will hold a public meeting in Ukiah, California, at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Healthy Ocean California

Cat Workshop

In the morning before the August 27th OPC public meeting, the California Ocean Protection Council and California Ocean Science Trust co-hosted a workshop that brought together scientists, decision makers, tribal representatives, and constituents to share perspectives about what ‘ocean health’ means across our diverse coastal communities.

We are pleased to share with you the summary and full proceedings:


Single-use plastic bag ban signed in California

On September 30, 2014 California became the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. In this precedential moment, Secretary for Natural Resources and Ocean Protection Council Chair John Laird applauds the legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for ushering in this ban.

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