Ocean Protection Council Meeting — September 14, 2021 — Teleconference

OPC Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00am – 3:00pm

Teleconference (watch now)

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. Report from the Executive Director
Mark Gold, D.Env., Executive Director

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

4. Informational Item: Update from OPC Summer Interns
Jenn Eckerle, Deputy Director
Bella Alvarado, Mairin Culwell, Madhu Garimella, Molly Glickman, Nayre Herrera, Claudia Sanchez-Rea, 2021 OPC Summer Interns

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

5. Informational and Action Items: Marine Protected Areas Management Program

5a. Update on California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Management Program and Planning for the 2022 Adaptive Management Review of the MPA Network
Tova Handelman, Senior Program Manager
Craig Shuman, D.Env., Marine Region Manager, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

5b. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funds for MPA Signage Project
Sandra Fogg, California Sea Grant Fellow

5c. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funds for MPA Long-Term Monitoring: California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program
Lindsay Bonito, Program Manager

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.4: Improve Coastal and Ocean Water Quality

6. Informational Item: Development of Microplastics Strategy to Address Coastal and Ocean Water Quality
Mark Gold, D.Env., Executive Director

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

7. Informational Item: Communications Efforts on Sea-Level Rise and OPC-Funded Proposition 68 Resilience Projects
Mark Gold, D.Env., Executive Director
Kat Beheshti, Ph.D., California Sea Grant Fellow

8. Consent Items:

8a. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funds to Ocean Science Trust for OPC Science Advisory Team Secretariat Activities
Justine Kimball, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager

8b. Consideration of Authorization to Renew the California Fisheries Fund
Noah Ben-Aderet, Ph.D., Program Manager

9. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

10. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
December 7, 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 9am on September 13, 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 “Pound (#) 2” 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, Marine Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, OPC Meetings, Plastic Pollution, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality