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Call for Nominations to the OPC Science Advisory Team

The California Ocean Protection Council now welcomes nominations for a vacancy on the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) for 30 business days, or through Tuesday, August 12, 2014. In this solicitation, we are specifically seeking:

  • an expert with experience and broad understanding of tribal perspectives and interests in ocean resource management and stewardship throughout California and expertise in the cultural, sustenance, and ecological perspectives of tribal governments and tribal members. Expertise in the emerging field of traditional ecological knowledge would be beneficial, and a graduate degree is preferred.

For the full call for nominations, including instructions for submission, click here.

If you have any questions about this call for nominations, please contact Skyli McAfee (skyli.mcafee@calost.org; (707) 529-7984), executive director of the California Ocean Science Trust, and science advisor to the OPC.

OPC Hiring For Two Vacancies

Applicants must be eligible for hire from the Coastal Program Analyst I or II lists. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis; therefore, interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.  For more information, please visit: https://www.jobs.ca.gov/ and choose “Resources Agency” in the search function under “Department.”

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

 

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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.

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