Ocean Protection Council Meeting — December 15, 2020 — Teleconference

OPC Meeting Agenda


To provide additional time to develop recommendations that can reduce plastic pollution in California’s coastal and ocean ecosystems, the Ocean Protection Council’s December 15 meeting has been canceled. Items on the December agenda will be considered at the February 16, 2021 meeting, which is scheduled from 11am – 3pm.  The Executive Director’s report highlighting OPC’s efforts over the last three months will be posted on our home page soon.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 public health orders, and in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20, this meeting will be held remotely by teleconference.

To join the meeting via Zoom or by phone, please click here to register.

OPC is committed to ensuring that our public meetings are accessible and that members of the public can participate by providing written and oral comment on Council matters.  For instructions on public participation in OPC virtual meetings, click here and see below.

1. Welcome, Introductions and Council Member Announcements
Secretary Crowfoot, Council Chair

2. Introduction and Report from the Executive Director
Mark Gold, Executive Director

3. Report from the Science Advisor
Liz Whiteman, Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.4: Improve Coastal and Ocean Water Quality:
4. Action Item: Discussion and Possible Endorsement of the Top Ten Recommended Actions to Address Plastic Pollution in California’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
Holly Wyer, Program Manager

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.2: Restore and Protect Kelp Ecosystems:
5. Consent Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Additional Funds for Statewide Kelp Recovery Research Program
Mike Esgro, Program Manager

6. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

7. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
February 16, 2021; 11am – 3pm: location TBD


Agenda items may be re-ordered at the discretion of the Council Chair.

Providing Public Comment:

Written Comments: Written comments should be sent to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov by 5pm on December 14, 2020.  If you are writing about an item on the Council’s agenda, please include the item number in the email subject line. If you are writing with a general comment, please include a brief title for your comment.

Oral Comments: For each item on the agenda and at the end of the public meeting on non-agenda items, the OPC Chair will ask whether there are any requests for public comment. If you want to provide oral comments on a specific agenda item, you will need to “Raise your hand” during the Zoom meeting. *If calling into the meeting from a telephone, you can use “Star (*) 9” to raise/ lower your hand.

Once your hand is raised and it is your turn to speak, the meeting facilitator will unmute you, announce your name, and you will be able to make your public comment to the Council. *Depending on how you have called in, you may also need to unmute yourself.

A speaker’s time allotment is at the discretion of the Chair but generally limited to three minutes. It is strongly recommended, though not required, that public comments be submitted in writing beforehand so they can be distributed to all Council members for review prior to the meeting. After your public comment, your hand will be lowered and you will be placed back on mute.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Jenn Eckerle at jenn.eckerle@resources.ca.gov.

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

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