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California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team Workshop: Ocean Health as a Scientific Concept and Management Goal

California Ocean Protection Council Scientific Advisory Team held a public meeting on June 11th, 2014, from 10:00am – 5:00pm, at the Elihu M. Harris State of California Office Building, Room 1, 1515 Clay St., Oakland, CA, 94612.

California Coastal Commission Report on Fukushima

The California Coastal Commission recently developed a report investigating the release of radioactive materials during the March 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan and the implications for residents of California. Staff findings include extremely low levels of Fukushima-derived radionuclides detected in California relative to pre-existing sources of radionuclides, and the need for more information about long-term effects of low-level radiation in the environment.

Local Coastal Program (LCP) Grants Application Period Now Open

Applications are Due July 7, 2014

The fiscal year 2014-15 application period for grant funds to support Local Coastal Program (LCP) planning is now open. Funding is available through two coordinated grant programs:

  • Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program: $1 million available for updating and certifying LCPs; may include updates to address impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.
  • Ocean Protection Council LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program: $1.2 million available for work that supports LCP updates specifically to address sea-level rise, including sea- level rise modeling, vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning and policy development.

Go to http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/12/climate-change/ for more information and application materials.

Dungeness Crab Task Force Meeting, April 22nd and 23rd, 2014

The California Dungeness Crab Task Force held a public meeting on April 22nd and 23rd, at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Ukiah, California

Rapid Assessments for Selected California Fisheries

As part of implementing the California Sustainable Seafood Initiative (AB 1217 (Monning), which requires California to design and implement a voluntary sustainable seafood program, the OPC tasked the California Ocean Science Trust (OST)  to conduct rapid assessments of 11 nominated fisheries (Table 1).  The 11 fisheries were selected with input from staff at the OPC, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and the Fish and Game Commission and were chosen based on management interest, seasonal landings, economic value and likelihood of meeting sustainable seafood certification standards.

California Ocean Protection Council Announces West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel

California and Oregon are joining forces to help address ocean acidification and hypoxia, a West Coast-wide threat to our shared marine and coastal ecosystems. The California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of Oregon to jointly sponsor a high-level science panel to help address the issue of ocean acidification and hypoxia.  The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel will provide state-level decision makers with the knowledge needed to evaluate and develop action plans for these complex issues. The science panel will also identify the research and monitoring needed to contribute to a West Coast-wide assessment of ocean acidification and hypoxia, and address information and data gaps critical to resource management decisions.

Thank You Ocean Report: California Sustainable Seafood

 

Red fish – Blue Fish

 

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When was the last time you ate seafood? Do you know where the seafood came from, how it was caught, and whether it was from a sustainable fishery? Purchasing sustainable seafood helps to support our local coastal communities while also addressing overfishing, environmentally destructive fishing methods, and seafood fraud. We talked with Valerie Termini, project manager at the Ocean Protection Council. The California Ocean Protection Council will be working with fishermen and the seafood industry to create a sustainable seafood certification program for seafood caught in California waters.

Local Coastal Program (LCP) Grants Application Period Now Open

Applications are Due July 7, 2014

The fiscal year 2014-15 application period for grant funds to support Local Coastal Program (LCP) planning is now open.  Funding is available through two coordinated grant programs.

  • Ocean Protection Council (OPC) LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program: $1.2 million available for work that supports LCP updates specifically to address sea-level rise, including sea-level rise modeling, vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning and policy development.
  • Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program: $1 million available for updating and certifying LCPs; may include updates to address impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

Go to http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/12/climate-change/ for more information and application materials.

Thank You Ocean Report: Children’s Songs from the Sea: Banana Slug String Band

YouTube Preview ImageAn ocean of fun! The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment for children and families through interactive music and performance. Their Only One Ocean CD is 14 rockin’ songs designed to inspire youngens (in age and at heart) and their families to learn about and care for the ocean. Only One Ocean was produced with support from the National Marine Educators Association, Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence, the NOAA Office of Exploration, Lawrence Hall of Science and the College of Exploration. We invite you to watch this fun video podcast with fun song clips!

For a limited time, enjoy a FREE song download from the Only One Ocean CD when you visit the Thank You Ocean website.  You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

 

 

OPC March 27, 2013 Meeting Summary

The Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) March 27 meeting in Sacramento addressed topics including an updated Sea Level Rise Guidance document, Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia and the State of the Central Coast Symposium on California’s Marine Protected Areas. The highlights of our meeting are below (click on “more” tab). For further information, we encourage you to visit our meetings page to access the meeting minutes and the webcast.

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