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OPC Meeting – November 28, 2006

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CALIFORNIA OCEAN PROTECTION COUNCIL
MEETING AGENDA
November 28, 2006
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Room 4203
Sacramento, California

 

Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources, Council Chair
Steve Westly, State Controller, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection
Sheila Kuehl, State Senator, Ex Officio Member
Pedro Nava, State Assemblymember, Ex Officio Member

 

1. Welcome and council member announcements
Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources, Council Chair

2. ACTION: Consideration to allow a voting representative for absent council members
for this meeting pursuant to Operating Procedures of the Council

3. ACTION: Consideration and possible adoption of June 8, 2006 meeting minutes

4. Public comment on non-agenda items*

5. Executive Policy Officer Report
Drew Bohan, Executive Policy Officer, California Ocean Protection Council

6. Report from the council Secretary
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, State Coastal Conservancy and OPC Secretary

A. ACTION: Consideration and possible approval of 2007 public meeting schedule

B. Report to the council on the current status of OPC-funded projects and level of funding

C. ACTION: Consideration and possible approval of revised funding guidelines and criteria for project selection

D. Presentation of the California Ocean and Coastal Law Overview

E. ACTION: Consideration and possible adoption of the audio-video recording of council meetings as the official minutes of the council

7. Presentation and discussion of the themes from the California and the World Ocean ‘06 conference
Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy, Resources Agency

 
8. ACTION: Consideration and possible concurrence that the scientific research projects
selected by the California Sea Grant and University of Southern California Sea Grant
Programs are consistent with council priorities contained in the Information, Research, and Outreach Strategy and meet the grant conditions approved at the council’s September 23, 2005 meeting
Rebecca Pollock, Project Manager, State Coastal Conservancy

9. Presentation of the California Fisheries Fund Business Plan
Rod Fujita, Environmental Defense

10. PANEL: Discussion of California’s fisheries management: policies and approaches

A. General overview of fisheries management, including Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) and Marine Life Management Act (MLMA)
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, State Coastal Conservancy and OPCSecretary

B. Innovative approaches to sustainable fisheries
Moderated by Sam Schuchat

i. Innovative dedicated access approaches from abroad
Christopher Dewees, California Sea Grant

ii. The San Miguel cooperative abalone project
John Ugoretz, Department of Fish and Game

iii. Seafloor habitat protection and converting to sustainable fishing gears
Chuck Cook, The Nature Conservancy

iv. Cooperative research opportunities
Zeke Grader, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA)

v. Fisheries support infrastructure
Richard Young, Crescent City Harbor Master

vi. New funding opportunities
Rod Fujita, Environmental Defense

11. ACTION: Consideration and possible adoption of a resolution to support innovative fisheries management and dedicate $3,000,000 of council funds for future projects
(public comment)
Drew Bohan, Executive Policy Officer, Ocean Protection Council

12. ACTION: Consideration of the San Diego Sea Urchin Fishery project and possible: 1) determination that it is a high priority project, and 2) authorization for the council’s Secretary to take actions needed to provide up to $114,120 for its implementation
Rebecca Pollock, Project Manager, State Coastal Conservancy

13. ACTION: Consideration of the OPC/DFG joint work plan outlining $8,000,000 in expenditures for implementing the Marine Life Management Act and Marine Life Protection Act, and possible authorization of its submittal to the Legislature as required in the Budget Act of 2006
Drew Bohan, Executive Policy Officer, Ocean Protection Council
Sonke Mastrup, Deputy Director, Wildlife Division, Department of Fish and Game

 
14. ACTION: Consideration of an augmentation of the California Coastal and Marine Mapping Initiative Project to complete seafloor mapping in state waters between Bolinas and Point Arena, through augmentation of an existing grant to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, and possible: 1) determination that it is a high priority project, and 2) authorization for the Council’s Secretary to take actions needed to provide up to $1,510,000 for its implementation
Marina Cazorla, Project Manager, State Coastal Conservancy

15. ACTION: Consideration of the Central Coast Marine Protected Areas Monitoring project through a grant to California Sea Grant College Program and possible: 1) determination that it is a high priority project, and 2) authorization for Council’s Secretary to take actions needed to provide up to $2,275,000 for its planning and
implementation
Marina Cazorla, Project Manager, State Coastal Conservancy

 
16. ACTION: Consideration of the establishment of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) monitoring institution as a program within the Ocean Science Trust and possible: 1) determination that it is a high priority, and 2) authorization for the council’s Secretary to take actions needed to provide up to $2,000,000 for its planning and implementation
Marina Cazorla, Project Manager, State Coastal Conservancy
Amber Mace, Science Advisor, Ocean Protection Council; Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust

 
17. Adjournment

Note: Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Carmen Estrada-Polley at
(510) 286-1015.

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