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

The California Dungeness Crab Task Force will hold 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 Sea Level Rise Grants

Funded by the Ocean Protection Council and administered by the Coastal Conservancy and the Coastal Commission. The purpose of these grants is to provide resources to update Local Coastal Programs and other plans under the Coastal Act to address future impacts of sea level rise. Grant announcement and application form are here.  Responses to frequently asked questions are available here (updated on June 19, 2013).

If you have questions about this grant program, please email Abe Doherty,

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.

CA Ocean Science Trust Releases Progress Report

ScreenShot016California Ocean Science Trust (OST) releases CalOST Progress Report, covering October 2009 through September 2012.  The OST invites you to review the report and learn more about their work, impact, and ongoing partnerships.

To request a hard copy please contact Emily Knight of the OST.

To learn more about the partnership between the Ocean Protection Council and the Ocean Science Trust, please click on the “‘more” tab:


Update to the Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document

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On Wednesday March 15, 2013 OPC staff presented an update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The purpose of the SLR Guidance remains the same, to help state agencies incorporate future sea-level rise impacts into planning decisions, but has now been updated to include the best current science, as summarized in the final report from the National Academy of Sciences, Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.



Call for Nominations – Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

OPCSAT logoThe Ocean Protection Council now welcomes nominations for three vacancies on the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) through April 30, 2013.

New members of the OPC-SAT are asked to serve an initial three-year term, with the possibility of renewing for two or three years at a time. Service includes two annual in-person meetings, response to requests for experts for peer review, and potential participation in workgroups as necessary. OPC-SAT membership is intended to reflect the diversity of expertise needed to support the OPC in its mission of science supported policy decisions. 

For more information, please read the full solicitation.

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