Ocean Protection Council Meeting, August 11, 2011

Meeting Agenda
August 11, 2011
State Capitol, Room 437
Sacramento, CA 95814

John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Susan Golding, Public Member
Geraldine Knatz, Public Member
Fran Pavley, State Senator
Toni Atkins, State Assemblymember

August 11, 2011


1.   Welcome and Council Member Announcements
Secretary Laird, Council Chair

2.   Public comment on non-agenda items

3.   Report from the Executive Director
Amber Mace, Executive Director, OPC

4.   Report from the Secretary
Sam Schuchat, Council Secretary

5.   Report from the Science Advisor
Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust


6.   DISCUSSION:  Briefing and Council input regarding California and West Coast priorities for President Obama’s National Ocean Policy.
Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency
Amber Mace, Executive Director, OPC

7.   ACTION:  Ocean Protection Council support for the principles of the Marine Debris Act Reauthorization Amendments of 2011 (HR 1171)
Amber Mace, Executive Director, OPC


8.   DISCUSSION:  Provide input to OPC staff on draft strategic action plan.
Amber Mace, Executive Director, OPC



9.   ACTION:  Authorize disbursement of up to $222,000 to California State Lands Commission to review and update its offshore geophysical permit program.
Exhibit – Project Letters
Sarah Flores, California Sea Grant Fellow, OPC



California’s Coastal Renewable Energy Resources
Dr. William O’Reilly – Senior Development Engineer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Investing in geospatial data and tools: California’s opportunity to enhance the protection and sustainable use of its coast and ocean
Meg Caldwell, JD, Executive Director, Center for Ocean Solutions

B.  PANEL:  Marine Renewable Energy: California Test and Pilot Project Opportunities
A panel discussion will be moderated by Laura Engeman, Project Manager, OPC 

Panelists will include:
Mirko Previsic, RE Vision Consulting 
Bill Lyte, Protean Energy  Ltd.
Bill Toman, SAIC Maritime Solutions 
Pete Stauffer, Surfrider Foundation

C.   ACTION:  Request that the OPC sponsor an inter-agency workshop to develop a statewide regulatory guidance document for test and pilot hydrokinetic energy projects.
Laura Engeman, Project Manager, OPC

11.  Adjourn

*Note:  Agenda items may be reordered at the discretion of the council chair.


Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Lawrence Matthews at (510) 286-1212 or lmatthews@scc.ca.gov. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Mr. Matthews no later than five days prior to meeting.


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