Job Announcement: 2023 OPC Summer Internship Program

We are hiring up to five Student Assistants for our 2023 Summer Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to provide undergraduate college students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a small state agency focused on protecting and enhancing the state’s coastal and ocean ecosystems and ensuring easy, affordable access to and along the coast for all Californians.

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30×30 Virtual Roundtable Discussion

Conserving 30% of California’s Coastal Waters by 2030

Please join us for a roundtable discussion on how the state will meet its goal to conserve 30% of coastal waters by 2030, conserve coastal and marine biodiversity, and enhance climate resilience. … read more

California Program Helps Phase Out Drift Gillnets to Protect Whales and Other Marine Species


Media Contact:
Lisa Lien-MagerCalifornia Natural Resources Agency
(916) 407-6279

SACRAMENTO – In a step toward more sustainable fishing, a new California program helped 38 commercial fishermen retire large-mesh drift gillnets and adopt gear that better protects sea turtles, whales, and other sensitive marine species. The program, created by the California Legislature and implemented through regulations established by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), provides financial compensation to California commercial large-mesh drift gillnet fishermen who voluntarily turn in their nets and permits and switch to more selective fishing gear, including innovative deep-set buoy gear.

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Join the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

Expressions of interest due December 2 (deadline extended)!

Ocean Protection Council (OPC) welcomes expressions of interest to join the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC SAT). The OPC SAT provides scientific analysis, advice, and expertise needed to ensure the best available science informs OPC policy and funding decisions. The OPC SAT offers a critical venue for bringing state leaders and scientists together around pressing ocean and coastal challenges. … read more

Registration Open: California Ocean Litter Strategy Webinar

Join the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program for a bi-annual California Ocean Litter Strategy webinar.

The webinar will include updates and developments from federal and California agencies on research and policy related to plastic and marine debris.

Webinar Details

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST

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OPC is Hiring a Biodiversity Program Manager – Apply by November 10, 2022

OPC is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help lead its efforts to enhance coastal, marine, and estuarine biodiversity in California.  The Environmental Scientist will advance these strategic priorities, as outlined in the Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean, in coordination with OPC staff, state and federal agencies, California Native American tribes, local governments, scientists, non-profits, community members, and others. The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management including developing scopes of work and budgets, tracking deliverables, and coordinating with grantees. The Environmental Scientist will also provide additional support and capacity for OPC’s other strategic priorities, as needed. … read more

Round 3 Funding for CA MPA Outreach & Education Opens Soon – Technical Assistance is Available

OPC has funded Coastal Quest to administer the third round of a small grants program to support outreach and education projects that increase outreach and engagement of California’s marine protected areas.

This program will provide grants between $25,000 and $100,000 to proposals that engage or conduct outreach targeting:

  • the recreational and commercial fishing communities
  • communities of color that have been underserved in MPA management and education
  • California Native American tribes or tribal organizations

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Updates from the October 6, 2022 Council Meeting

The October 6 Ocean Protection Council (OPC) meeting was an exciting and moving gathering. State and federal agencies, tribes, non-profit and business partners, and members of the public joined together with joyful tears and cheers in support of landmark decision-making in areas of tribal engagement and environmental justice as well as continued uplifting of the best available science to meet some of the state’s biggest challenges.

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OPC Equity Plan to be Considered for Adoption at the October 6 Meeting

We are excited to announce that the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) will consider adoption of its first-ever Equity Plan at the October 6, 2022 Council meeting. The Equity Plan represents OPC’s commitment to advancing equity across ocean and coastal policies and actions in California, as well as strengthening internal efforts to create a more inclusive workplace at OPC.

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OPC Joins the 30×30 Partnership: A Collaboration for People and Nature

By Michael Esgro, Senior Biodiversity Program Manager & Tribal Liaison

Yesterday, hundreds of environmental champions (including OPC leadership and staff!) met at California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Headquarters in Sacramento for the official kickoff of the 30×30 Partnership. This new collaborative brings together local, state, federal, and tribal leaders from across the state to ensure the voices of all Californians are represented in the state’s bold effort to conserve 30% of its lands and coastal waters by 2030.

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