Request For Nominations – Ocean And Coastal Board Member For The Ocean Science Trust Board Of Trustees

The Ocean Science Trust Board of Directors is seeking to appoint a member who will represent Ocean and Coastal Interest Groups in California pursuant to California Public Resources Code 36992. Qualified candidates should have a majority, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Experience as trustees or directors of for profit or nonprofit corporations
  • Experience managing budgets and fundraising;
  • Experience related, but not limited to, sport fishing, commercial fishing, coast and ocean recreation and tourism, marine conservation, and ocean-dependent industries; and
  • Demonstrated leadership in his/her field.

Nominations should be submitted electronically by January 15, 2015. Relevant documents that comprise the nomination packet include: a letter of recommendation from a coastal or ocean interest group or non-profit organization, the nominee’s biography, the nominee’s CV, and any other documents that evidence the nominee’s credentials.

More information can be obtained by emailing Skyli McAfee at All selections will be made by the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, in accordance with law.

Healthy Ocean California

Cat Workshop

In the morning before the August 27th OPC public meeting, the California Ocean Protection Council and California Ocean Science Trust co-hosted a workshop that brought together scientists, decision makers, tribal representatives, and constituents to share perspectives about what ‘ocean health’ means across our diverse coastal communities.

We are pleased to share with you the summary and full proceedings:


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DCTF Executive Committee Meeting Agenda – October 15, 2014


DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Call-in #: 1-626-677-3000

Participant Code for Public and Non-EC DCTF Members: 7927150

 Meeting Agenda

 Goal of the Executive Committee (EC): To help streamline and inform anticipated discussions surrounding the trap limit program, latent permits, season openers, etc. at the October 29, 2014 Dungeness crab task force (DCTF) meeting. This may include the EC forwarding one or more proposal(s) to the full DCTF for consideration and discussion.

  1. Welcome, introductions, agenda review
  2. Updates
    1. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (e.g., trap limit program, status of appeals)
    2. DCTF Administrative Team
    3. DCTF Executive Committee Members
  3. Overview and discussion of October 29, 2014 DCTF meeting topics, including, but not limited to:
    1. Current management options and potential proposal(s) to be forwarded to the full DCTF to inform deliberations. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the trap limit program, latent permits, season openers, etc.
    2. Trap retrieval (e.g., end of season, CA Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project)
    3. Structure and function of the DCTF
    4. Meeting materials and data requests
  4. General public comment
  5. Adjourn

Agenda items may be taken out of order at the discretion of the DCTF Administrative Team (Admin Team).

* Public Participation and Comment: All members of the public, including non-EC DCTF members, will be automatically placed on mute upon entering the call. Phone lines will be unmuted during the public comment periods. To help reduce background noise when the phone lines are open, please put your individual phone on mute. If your phone does not have a mute button, hit *6 on your keypad to mute yourself. When the Admin Team opens the call to public comment, you may press *6 to unmute yourself if you wish to speak.

Meeting materials will be posted to the DCTF website as they are available. A meeting summary will be made available via the DCTF website.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to or 805-845-9852. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this DCTF meeting should contact Rachelle Fisher ( or 805-845-9852) no later than five days prior to meeting.

For more information about the DCTF please visit the DCTF website at

Single-use plastic bag ban signed in California

On September 30, 2014 California became the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. In this precedential moment, Secretary for Natural Resources and Ocean Protection Council Chair John Laird applauds the legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for ushering in this ban. … read more