CA Ocean Science Trust Releases Progress Report
California 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:
The Partnership between the OPC and the OST:
The Ocean Science Trust (OST) provides science-support for the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC). As part of the OPC’s core mission, the Council solicits the best available science to support policy decisions and recommendations, making the Council a uniquely objective, nonpartisan body. The OPC has demonstrated its commitment to this mandate by, among other things:
- Designating the executive director of OST as its science advisor
- Relying on OST to coordinate the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT), a multi-disciplinary advisory body of 24 scientists from a variety of research institutions in California and beyond
- Requesting OST to coordinate independent peer review of all the OPC’s scientific proposals and reports
The OST was formally established pursuant to the California Ocean Resources Stewardship Act (CORSA) of 2000. CORSA charged OST to act as a boundary organization by seeking and providing funds for ocean resource science projects, and facilitating coordinated, multi-agency and multi-institution approaches to applying ocean science to management and policy. OST maintains its nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation status by upholding a comprehensive set of governing principles, policies, and procedures that guard the organization against influence, layered with oversight by a board of trustees composed of an array of state representatives, scientists, and interest groups.
The OST’s status as an independent non-profit organization is one of our key strengths in achieving their mission. Because the OST is not a government entity, it can act as an independent and unbiased broker between policy-makers, managers, and the scientific community.