Ocean Protection Council Meeting — February 16, 2021 — Teleconference

OPC Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
11:00am to 3:00pm

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 Recommended Actions to Address Plastic Pollution in California’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
Holly Wyer, Program Manager

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 1: Safeguard Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and Communities in the Face of Climate Change; Objective 1.1: Build Resiliency to Sea-Level Rise, Coastal Storms, Erosion and Flooding:

5. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 68 Funds for Coastal Resilience Projects
Michaela Miller, Sea Grant Fellow

Item 5a: Heron’s Head Park Shoreline Resilience

Item 5b: Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration: Phase III

Item 5c: Bolinas Lagoon Wye Wetlands Project

Item 5d: Bayshore Bikeway Resiliency Project – Creation of a Coastal Resilience Corridor in Imperial Beach

Item 5e: Wiyot Climate Change Adaptation Plan Phase I

Item 5f: South Orange County Regional Coastal Resilience Strategic Plan

Item 5g: Planning Regional Coastal Resiliency for California State Parks and Piloting in San Diego Coast District

Item 5h: Establishing a San Diego Regional Coastal Resilience Roadmap to Enable Project-Based Action and Investment

Item 5i: Stinson Beach: Adaptation and Resilience Collaboration

Item 5j: Trinidad Community Coastal Resiliency Planning Project

Item 5k: BEACON Regional Coastal Resilience Sediment Pilot Program

Item 5l: Richardson’s Bay Eelgrass Protection & Management Plan – Phase I Implementation

Item 5m: Quantifying the social and economic benefits of nature-based adaptation solutions to protect San Mateo County from storms and sea-level rise

Item 5n: Eelgrass Habitat Suitability Model Update for Targeted, Climate-Smart Eelgrass Restoration in San Francisco Bay

Item 5o: Evaluating Adaptation Planning in Coastal California

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.1: Protect and Restore Coastal Ecosystems

6. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funds for Marine Protected Area (MPA) Long-Term Monitoring and Data Analysis in Support of the 2022 Adaptive Management Review
Matt Warham, Sea Grant Fellow
Madeleine Hall-Arber, OPC Science Advisory Team, Co-chair: MPA Decadal Evaluation Working Group
Jenn Caselle, OPC Science Advisory Team, PI Liaison: MPAs and Climate Resilience Working Group
Lindsay Bonito, Program Manager

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.2: Restore and Protect Kelp Ecosystems

7. Discussion Item: Interim Kelp Action Plan
Mike Esgro, Program Manager

8. Consent Items:

8a. Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines Update
Holly Wyer, Program Manager
Maria Rodriguez, Program Manager

8b. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Additional Funds for Statewide Kelp Recovery Research Program
Mike Esgro, Program Manager


9. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

10. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
June 15, 2021; 1-4pm: 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 9am on February 16, 2021. 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 for a specific agenda item is at the discretion of the Chair but generally limited to two 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.

Categories: Climate Change, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Kelp, Marine Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, OPC Meetings, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems