DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – September 9, 2020

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September 4, 2020: Cancelled due to lack of quorum

DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call

September 9, 2020 at 11:00am
Listen only/call-in: (669) 900 6833 | Meeting ID: 830 2548 4301
Zoom access link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83025484301

Meeting Agenda

Goal of the Executive Committee (EC) Conference Call: To provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery, and discuss and consider topics and priorities for the DCTF. Identify DCTF priorities

1. Welcome, introductions, agenda overview.

2. Public comment on matters not on the agenda.

3. Updates on issues involving the Dungeness crab fishery, including, but not limited to, the status of the DCTF recommendations identified during the October 2019 in-person meeting, the Dungeness crab account, DCTF budget, etc.

4. Presentation from CDFW of domoic acid biotoxin management areas including updates on collection and processing capacity/procedures.

5. Update on state discussions and considerations related to Tri-state preseason quality testing protocols and discussion about the availability of processors and observers for the 2020-21 season.

6. Learn about and discuss the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group and broader efforts to reduce marine life entanglement risk including, an update on the Department’s proposed Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) regulations and anticipated implications for the 2020-21 fishing season, line-marking, the Conservation and Incidental Take Plans, California’s potential listing of leatherback sea turtles, etc.

7. 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 opened during public comment periods. When the Admin Team opens the call to public comment, you may press *6 to unmute yourself if you wish to provide comments.

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 info@dungenesscrabtaskforce.com or 805-845-9852. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this DCTF meeting should contact Rachelle Fisher (rachelle@strategicearth.com) or 805-845-9852) no later than five days prior to meeting.

For more information about the DCTF please visit the DCTF website at http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/04/dungeness-crab-task-force/

Updated Prop 68 Coastal Resilience

August 24, 2020

OPC has released an updated version of the Prop 68 Coastal Resilience Solicitation that removes permitting as a project type eligible for funding, consistent with OPC’s Prop 68 Grant Guidelines.

Project types that may be funded through this solicitation include:

  • Community capacity building, technical assistance, and planning
  • Project site assessment, preliminary design, and final project design
  • Construction, monitoring, and adaptive management

The updated solicitation also clarifies that OPC is not requiring application submittal through the System for Online Application Review (SOAR), in order to increase accessibility and ease of submittal for applicants.

For more details, please see OPC’s Proposition 68 Grant Guidelines and Grant Solicitation & Application Instructions on OPC’s Proposition 68 webpage: http://www.opc.ca.gov/prop-68-funding/

The deadline to submit letters of intent is September 14, 2020.

More Justice, More Resilience: Science Advisory Team statement on COVID Recovery

Today the California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team released a position statement signed by 29 ocean and coastal scientists: “Oceans provide opportunities for equitable, climate-resilient COVID Recovery.” The scientists call for inclusion of climate resilience investments that will stimulate California’s coastal economies and center environmental justice and equity when the Governor and state legislators develop the state’s COVID-19 economic recovery stimulus funding plan. The position statement reflects the Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) mission to help ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems, and support marginalized and vulnerable communities.

The scientists’ goal in crafting this statement is to emphasize that 1) climate change remains a significant threat to California’s marine ecosystems; 2) climate change impacts have the potential to exacerbate existing social inequalities, based on race, culture, or economic status; 3) coastal and ocean climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience investments can contribute to overall economic recovery -; and 4) investments that increase the resilience of California’s most vulnerable communities, in addition to being equitable, can improve the entire state’s ability to adapt to climate change. The statement serves to amplify the need that California’s short-term economic rebuilding must work in conjunction with the state’s long-term climate change or environmental justice goals.

The California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team provides scientific analysis and advice to the OPC and works to ensure that OPC policy and funding decisions are informed by the best available science. For more on the OPC SAT, including its full list of scientists, please visit here or contact Liz Whiteman, liz.whiteman@oceansciencetrust.org. California Ocean Science Trust serves as the Secretariat for the OPC SAT.

The full text of the position statement can be found on OPC’s website.

New Prop 68 Coastal Resilience Solicitation Now Open!

OPC’s priority areas for Proposition 68 grant funding are for projects that will address, create, or implement nature-based solutions and other sea-level rise adaptation strategies to build coastal resiliency. For more details on OPC’s priorities, please review our Strategic Plan.

Project types that may be funded through this solicitation include:

  • Community capacity building, technical assistance, and planning
  • Project site assessment and preliminary design
  • Project final design and permitting
  • Construction, monitoring, and adaptive management

For more details, please see OPC’s Proposition 68 Grant Guidelines and Grant Solicitation & Application Instructions on OPC’s Proposition 68 webpage. All details here: https://www.opc.ca.gov/prop-68-funding/

An informational webinar for applicants is scheduled for 12:30pm on Friday, August 14, 2020. Please see the webpage for registration.

The deadline to submit letters of intent is September 14, 2020.