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Ocean Protection Council Meeting – Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

On June 29, 2016 the Ocean Protection Council held its public meeting at the Natural Resources Building Auditorium in Sacramento. The OPC will consider funding projects under Proposition 1 and will hear an informational item related to ocean acidification and hypoxia.

Watch Meeting Live

In the morning of June 29, the OPC will host a film screening and panel on the topic of marine debris. This event will be held from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Film Screening (10:00 – 10:45)
Into the Gyre – Directed by Scott Elliot
Panel Presentations and Discussion (10:45 – 11:15)

Panelists :
Eben Schwartz, Outreach Manager, California Coastal Commission
Cynthia Dunn, Senior Environmental Scientist, CalRecycle
Dr. Emilia DeForce, Research Associate, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Please join us for a free screening of Into the Gyre followed by a panel discussion on the science and policy of marine debris and trash management. This event is an opportunity to learn about the science of trash and plastic pollution in ocean gyres and what action California is taking to reduce trash pollution.

Download the program brochure

OPC Science Advisory Team Meeting Agenda: Bracing for a Changing World

The Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team is composed of 26 esteemed scientists, convened to serve the science and policy needs of California. The next meeting will be Monday, April 18. View the public agenda.

The meeting will be held at the Elihu M Harris Building, Room 1, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA, and is open to the public.


West Coast Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Science Panel Releases Executive Summary

The West Coast Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Science Panel, comprised of 20 leading scientists, was charged with presenting the current state of knowledge and developing scientific consensus about available management options to address ocean acidification and hypoxia on the West Coast. The Executive Summary, accessible at, includes key findings, recommendations and actions that cross a range of disciplines and have the potential to be implemented now to address ocean acidification and hypoxia along the West Coast. READ the press release for more info.

Statement Regarding Domoic Acid Levels In Dungeness Crab

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) is providing updated information on how it plans to approach the opening of the California commercial Dungeness crab fishery that has been delayed due to persistent high levels of domoic acid.  Informed by extensive feedback from affected stakeholders and the Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee, the Department will work toward either a statewide opener or a partial opener based on traditional management boundaries, whichever can be implemented sooner based on test results.

The Department will continue to work closely with the California Department of Public Health and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to monitor domoic acid levels in Dungeness crab. The Department anticipates opening the commercial fishery seven days after the entire state, or traditional management area, is cleared by the health agencies.

The Department is committed to working closely with the industry to open the commercial Dungeness crab fishery.  The Department greatly appreciates the constructive input that has been provided by all affected parties during this unprecedented closure to help inform management actions.

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