NOW OPEN: Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation now open!

OPC’s priority issue areas for Proposition 1 funding are:

  • marine managed areas;
  • coastal and ocean water quality impacts;
  • fisheries; and
  • climate change adaptation

See the OPC Grant Guidelines and 2019 Grant Proposal Solicitation for more details on funding priorities. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2019.

Visit the OPC Proposition 1 webpage for all details, including the Grant Solicitation, Grant Guidelines, Grant Guidance, and all forms and templates.

Proposition 1  was approved by voters in November 2014. Funding from Prop 1 is intended to fund multi-benefit projects that provide more reliable water supplies, restore important species and habitat, and develop a more resilient and sustainably managed water system that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.

NOW OPEN: Call for nominations for MPA Statewide Leadership Team Tribal Representatives

The MPA Statewide Leadership Team is an advisory body that promotes active and engaged communication among entities with significant authority, mandates, or interest in California’s marine protected area network. In partnership with California’s tribes and tribal governments, the Leadership Team has released a call for nominations to fill five vacant regional tribal representative seats on the team. Deadline to apply is February 28. Please see here for more information.

Funding available for projects focused on Marine Protected Areas

The Ocean Protection Council is pleased to announce two funding opportunities for projects focused on California’s marine protected areas (MPAs):

1) MPA Long-Term Monitoring Program 2019 Solicitation

Attend the optional webinar on November 15, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. PST.

This MPA Monitoring Program 2019 Solicitation is administered by Sea Grant in partnership jointly with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and OPC. OPC has authorized $9.5 million to support the MPA Monitoring Program in this solicitation – consistent with the MPA Action Plan – to inform adaptive management and evaluate the performance of the MPA Network in preparation for the decadal management review in 2022.

This announcement invites the submission of proposals of one of two types (Qualification Request or Full Proposal Request), depending on the type of work to be proposed (see full announcement for additional details):

  • Qualification Request is focused on data collection in combination with an analysis of existing historical data for priority habitat types and human use types, sites, and species of interest.
  • Full Proposal Request is focused on developing a broadly supported and inclusive process to advance the collection and use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to help inform the adaptive management of California’s MPA Network.

For successful applicants, work is expected to begin approximately May 16, 2019 and must end (i.e. including completion of all revised final reports) no later than May 15, 2022.

Regardless of type – applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 using eSeaGrant, California Sea Grant’s electronic proposal submission system.

Please see here for a list of FAQs regarding this solicitation: Action Plan Solicitation Frequently Asked Questions_111618

2) 2019 Solicitation for Restoration Projects that Mitigate the Impacts of Once-Through Cooling

Attend the optional webinar on November 8, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. PST.

OPC has authorized $3.4 million to support restoration projects that increase marine life associated with MPAs. Grant funds are intended to mitigate for impacts associated with power generating facilities that use once-through cooling technology to pull water from the ocean or nearby estuaries to cool down the steam used to make electricity.

Projects must take place in state waters (3 nautical miles from the coastline) from San Diego to Big Sur (near Lucia), including the waters around the Channel Islands and wetlands and estuaries within that region. Projects that take place outside of this range are not eligible to receive funding.

For successful applicants, work is expected to begin approximately in June 2019 and be completed by February 2024. Projects that have a duration longer than 2024 may be considered; however, the applicant must propose a phased approach with discrete deliverables to achieve project completion and be aware that funding for subsequent phases will be contingent on budget approval in future years. Please contact Tova Handelman ( to discuss options.

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, November 30, 2018 to be eligible for consideration.

California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group – October 2018 Recommendations Memo

Since September 2015, the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group (Working Group), a
diverse multi-stakeholder group, has been taking steps to identify and reduce risk of whale entanglements in Dungeness crab fishing gear. During the 2017-18 fishing season, the Working Group piloted a Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) to support the state in working with experts—agencies, fishermen, researchers, representatives from environmental organizations (NGOs), and others—to identify and assess elevated levels of entanglement risk, explore information needs, and determine the need for management options that could be recommended to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This October 2018 Recommendations Memo provides updates and 2018-19 recommendations to advance the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) and reduce whale entanglements. For more information, please visit the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group homepage, and the RAMP homepage.

Call for Nominations: Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

The Ocean Protection Council now welcomes nominations for multiple vacancies on the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) through November 17, 2018. We encourage nominations of individuals who can provide scientific guidance to the OPC to support the goals within OPC’s priority program areas and funding initiatives, including: marine protected areas, climate change, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and sustainable ocean economy.

For more information including how to submit a nomination, please read the full solicitation and OPC-SAT overview flyer.

OPC Sponsors California Track of Fish 2.0 – Apply to Participate in a Free Workshop on November 28-29, 2018

On July 25, 2018, the Ocean Protection Council approved funding to support a California track of Fish 2.0 through online trainings, webinars, regional and global workshops and other activities to enhance sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities through innovation. The California track of Fish 2.0 is now launched and the California workshop is set for November 28-29 in San Francisco. Any California seafood businesses involved in any aspect of seafood supply chains, climate resilience technologies or seafood production, harvesting and trade, are eligible to apply to participate in this free workshop. The online competition of the California track of Fish 2.0 will begin directly after the November 28-29 workshop. Additional details and the workshop flyer are available on the Fish 2.0 California Track homepage, as well as on OPC’s Fish 2.0 California track project page.

CaLCOFI: Innovative Data Products & Tools for Ocean Resources Management Presentation- Video Recording Available

California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) Director, Brice Semmens, presented on CalCOFI’s innovative data products and tools for ocean resources management at a public presentation in the California State Library on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018. A video recording is now available. Ocean Protection Council partnered with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego to host this presentation. For more information, please visit CalCOFI’s homepage.

Announcing OPC’s New Logo and Look

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is thrilled to present its new logo. After almost fifteen years, we are releasing a new brand identity, including a new logo, colors and font. You’ll see the new look anytime we’re out in public, like our website, reports and other documents, and Twitter. We believe the new look better matches what OPC has become since 2004: a leader in coastal and ocean protection in California, nationally, and internationally.

For more information about OPC’s work, including agendas for quarterly Council meetings where the public is encouraged to participate, grant funding opportunities, science and policy papers, OPC job postings and more, please visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the new logo

Developed by talented Los Angeles freelance graphic designer and animator Taylor Beldy, the artwork is an abstract representation of the California coast and ocean and evokes imagery of waves, underwater surface reflections, kelp forest, and the connection between land and sea.

Taylor Beldy is a designer, animator, and artist from Los Angeles, California. Working with the California Ocean Protection Council to reinvent their visual identity has cemented his core belief that design works best when informed by varying contexts, opinions, and areas of expertise. Moving forward, Mr. Beldy intends to collaborate with environmental conservation groups, scientists, stakeholders, and lawmakers across California to develop products and tools that address the spectrum of environmental issues facing our planet. He earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in Film/Animation/Video and has worked with the New York Times, National Geographic, and screened independent films at festivals around the world. On the weekends, Mr. Beldy can be found exploring the California coastline, making prints, or working on a new film. For more information and samples of his work, visit his website at To collaborate, email him at

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