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Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opener Delayed and Commercial Rock Crab Season Closed

Changing Ocean Conditions: Understanding El Niño’s Impacts on California’s Living Marine Resources Through Ocean Observations

Please join us on September 22 from 9:30-11:30 for the workshop: ‘Changing Ocean Conditions: Understanding El Niño’s Impact on California’s Living Marine Resources Through Ocean Observations‘. Hosted by the Ocean Protection Council and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this workshop will focus on the past and forecast effects of El Niño on California’s high-value fisheries. A panel of experts will address climate effects on management of nearshore and coastal fisheries to understand how additional ocean observation research and analysis could lead to better management during future El Niño conditions. The workshop will be held at the California State Library, Room 500 at 900 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814. A meeting of the Ocean Protection Council will take place following the workshop at 1pm. Please contact OPC staff Jenn Phillips for more information.

Ocean Protection Council Meeting, September 22, 2015

The California Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 1:00 pm, at the Natural Resource Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California. On the morning of September 22, the OPC hosted an informational workshop regarding the El Niño and its impacts on living marine resources, exploring specific impacts on a few economically important fisheries in California. This workshop was held from 9:30am to 11:30am at the California State Library, Room 500.

The Ocean Science Trust is hiring an Executive Director

The California Ocean Science Trust is looking for a leader to advance their initiatives and reputation for excellence in science-­based policy and resource management. For the Position Description and application instructions, click here.

Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Prop 1) was approved by voters in November 2014 (California Water Code (CWC) Division 26.7). Funding from Prop 1 is intended to fund projects that provide more reliable water supplies, restore important species and habitat, and develop a more resilient and sustainably managed water system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.

Prop 1 Chapter 6, “Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams, Coastal Waters, and Watersheds”, allocates $30 million to the OPC for a competitive grant program for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities, CWC §79730 and §79731(d). It is the intent of the OPC to fund projects that meet Prop 1 criteria and fulfill of the mission of the OPC to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

More information about Proposition 1 can be found at the California Natural Resources Agency’s Bond Accountability Website.

Solicitation period: NOW OPEN,  October 30, 2015 to December 1, 2015

Letters of Intent must be postmarked by December 1, 2015.

Hand deliveries must be received by the Ocean Protection Council office by 5pm on December 1, 2015

Here is the Proposition 1 Letter of Intent Solicitation Notice

Please download the application here: Letter of Intent Application

OPC staff have developed a Letter of Intent Tutorial to assist potential applicants in completing the application and submission process. In addition please review these Proposition 1 Frequently Asked Questions to help clarify any questions.

Adopted Grant Guidelines: Proposition 1 grant guidelines

The Council unanimously adopted the guidelines at the September 22 Council meeting.

Here are documents from the September 22, 2015 meeting:

Draft guidelines that were posted for public review and comment:draft Proposition 1 guidelines [download].

The deadline for comments was August 21, 2015. The OPC held three public meetings around the state for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft guidelines:

  • June 24th from 2-5pm at the California Natural Resources Agency Auditorium (First Floor), 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California
  • July 14th from 9-11am at the Southern California Coastal Water Resources Project, 3535 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, California
  • August 11th from 9:30-11:30am at the Wharfinger Building (Bay Room), 1 Marina Way, Eureka, California

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