Ocean Protection Council Meeting, June 12, 2013

Meeting Agenda
June 12, 2013
Teleconference: Various Locations – See Below

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

  1. ACTION:  Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $418,500 to the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) for: 1) costs associated with transferring operations from the State Coastal Conservancy,  2) costs associated with the OPC Executive Director position,  3) funding the California Thank You Ocean campaign, and 4) funding to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation to assist the OPC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife complete a statewide governance and implementation plan for state marine protected areas and to initiate work on regional plans.

Meeting locations:

Natural Resources Agency
Conference Room, Room 1305
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Santa Barbara
850 Cathedral Vista Lane
Santa Barbara, CA  93110

Note: All sites will be accessible to members of the public, with an agenda and opportunity for public comment on the action item will be afforded

All written comments must be received by COB June 10, 2013 to be included in packages for the council members.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Joanna Stone at (916) 653-9710 or joanna.stone@resources.ca.gov.

 Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Ms. Stone no later than five days prior to meeting.

Thank You Ocean Report: California Sustainable Seafood


Red fish – Blue Fish



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

Applications were due July 7, 2014

The fiscal year 2014-15 application period for grant funds to support Local Coastal Program (LCP) planning is now closed.  Funding was 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 https://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]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVl7-FVvNE[/youtube]An 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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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:


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