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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

UPDATE: At the September 22, 2015 OPC Meeting, the Council unanimously adopted the Proposition 1 grant guidelines. OPC will begin this new grant program with a solicitation period anticipated to open in late October 2015.

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) staff have developed guidelines for the consideration of adoption by the Council at the September 22 meeting.

The OPC staff developed draft Proposition 1 guidelines [download]. The public reviewed and commented on these draft guidelines.

Please contact or Nick Sadrpour

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 (*this is a change in time) 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

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.

Workshop Summary

Full Workshop Proceedings

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