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Highlights from the Dec. 2, 2014 Ocean Protection Council meeting

The Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) Dec. 2, 2014 meeting in Sacramento addressed topics including membership of the OPC’s Science Advisory Team, marine protected area management, and grants related to incorporating sea-level rise planning into Local Coastal Programs. The following are highlights from the meeting. The meeting webcast will be posted to the following website within the next 24 hours: http://www.opc.ca.gov/category/meetings/ (click on “webcast” to the right of “December 2”). I look forward to seeing you at the next OPC meeting.

Agenda item 4
Consideration and possible selection of two new members to the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT)
The Council unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Charles Striplen and Ms. Briannon Fraley to OPC-SAT. Dr. Striplen is an Environmental Scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI). Ms. Fraley is the Self-Governance Director for the Smith River Rancheria. (Laird-aye, Rodriquez-aye, Gordon-aye, Pavley-aye, Maciel-aye, Knatz-aye, Brown-aye)

Agenda item 5
Consideration and possible approval of a resolution supporting the “The California Collaborative Approach: Marine Protected Areas Partnership Plan” (Partnership Plan)
The Council unanimously adopted the Partnership Plan as an overarching guide for how a variety of partners can engage in marine protected area (MPA) management. The Council also directed staff to continue to manage and update an internal workplan with core state agency partners that explicitly assigns roles and responsibilities for ensuring implementation of the Partnership Plan. The Council received a briefing from one of the chairs of the MPA Collaboratives on the results of a workshop held in conjunction with the OPC meeting (see below for more details). This item was presented by Liz Parissenti, Sea Grant Fellow and Cyndi Dawson, MPA Policy Advisor. (Laird-aye, Rodriquez-aye, Pavley-aye, Maciel-aye, Knatz-aye, Brown-aye).

Agenda item 6
Consideration and possible selection of grants for the second round of the Local Coastal Program Sea-level Rise Grant Program; consideration of an interagency agreement for the California Coastal Commission to provide administration, technical, and policy integration services for said grants.
The Council unanimously approved funding of seven competitive grants to provide funds for local and regional vulnerability assessments and updates to Local Coastal Programs to address sea-level rise, coastal hazards, and other climate change-related impacts. The Council also approved that the California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the OPC, may enter into a contract with the California Coastal Commission for its provision of grant administration, technical services, and policy integration work. The seven projects constitute the second round of competitive grants from an initial authorization of $2.5 million in 2012. OPC’s funding for these projects is helping to catalyze action for early adaptors who are leading the way by developing land use plans to reduce risk from sea-level rise. This item was presented by Climate Change Policy Advisor Abe Doherty. (Laird-aye, Rodriquez-aye, Pavley-aye, Maciel-aye, Knatz-aye, Brown-aye).

Agenda item 7
Update on the California Thank You Ocean Campaign (TYO)
TYO Project Manager Miho Umezawa provided an update on the campaign which is a joint effort between NOAA and the State of California on educating the public about the importance of the ocean and what steps people can take in their daily lives to protect the ocean.

The OPC meeting was preceded by a two-day workshop which brought together the chairs of fourteen MPA Collaboratives. Fourteen MPA Collaboratives have been established along the California coast (aligning generally with county boundaries) and are comprised of a broad range of citizens from different ocean user groups who are supporting effective MPA management. The group met December 1 and 2 to share lessons learned and coordinate more effectively with the state agencies involved in MPA management. For information specifically on the workshop, please visit: http://www.opc.ca.gov/2014/11/mpa-collaborative-workshop-december-1-2-2014/

For more meeting details, please visit our website: http://www.opc.ca.gov/category/meetings/

OPC December 2, 2014 Public Meeting

TO: California Ocean and Coastal Community
FROM: John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources and Chair, Ocean Protection Council
DATE: November 7, 2014
SUBJECT: OPC December 2, 2014 Public Meeting
I am pleased to invite you to attend the Ocean Protection Council public meeting on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. We will convene at 1pm at the Secretary of State’s Auditorium in Sacramento. The OPC will be acting on items related to the OPC’s Scientific Advisory Team membership, marine protected area management, and sea-level rise adaptation grants. Materials will be posted to the OPC website within the next few days.

OPC Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
1:00 pm

Secretary of State’s Office – Main Auditorium
1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection
John Chiang, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Fran Pavley, State Senator
Toni Atkins, State Assemblymember
Geraldine Knatz, Public Member
Michael Brown, Public Member

1. Welcome and Council Member Announcements
Secretary Laird, Council Chair

2. Report from the Executive Director
Cat Kuhlman, Executive Director, OPC

3. Report from the Science Advisor
Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust

ACTION ITEM

4. Consideration and possible selection of two new members to the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team
Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust

5. Consideration and possible approval of the “The California Collaborative Approach: Marine Protected Area Partnership Plan”
Liz Parissenti, Sea Grant Fellow, OPC and Cyndi Dawson, Marine Protected Areas Policy Advisor, OPC

6. Consideration and possible selection of grants for the second round of the Local Coastal Program Sea-level Rise Grant Program; consideration of an interagency agreement for the California Coastal Commission to manage these grants on behalf of the OPC.
Abe Doherty, Climate Change Policy Advisor, OPC

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

7. Update on the Thank You Ocean Campaign
Miho Umezawa, Project Manager, Thank You Ocean Campaign

8. Public Comment on non-agenda items

9. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
Date and Location TBD.

NOTES
Agenda items may be re-ordered at the discretion of the council chair.

Please fill out a Request to Speak card to provide public comment on non-agenda items or on a specific agenda item. Comment on agenda items will be taken following each item.

Comments may be sent by email to: COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov. Written public comment must be received by 4 pm on November 18 to be included in the materials provided to the council prior to the meeting. Materials received after that date will be distributed to the council at the beginning of the meeting. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Joanna Stone at (916) 653-0537 orjoanna.stone@resources.ca.gov.

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

OPC Public Meeting – August 27, 2014

TO: California Ocean and Coastal Community
FROM: Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources and Chair, Ocean Protection Council
DATE: August 19, 2014
SUBJECT: OPC Public Meeting, and Workshop: Sharing Your Perspective on Envisioning California’s Ocean Health – August 27, 2014
I invite you to attend our next Ocean Protection Council meeting on August 27, 2014 at 1pm. In the morning, the Ocean Protection Council and the Ocean Science Trust will be hosting a workshop to discuss and share outcomes from the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) meeting held on June 11, 2014, which focused on exploring ocean health as a scientific concept and management goal. Please see information about the related meeting towards the end of this document, and in the attachment. Council action will occur only at the Ocean Protection Council meeting.

Ocean Health Workshop
Ocean Protection Council Meeting
9:30 am to 11:30 am
1:00 pm
OPC Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
1:00 pm

Natural Resources Agency Auditorium
1416 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

And via live webcast at http://www.opc.ca.gov/category/meetings/

John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection
John Chiang, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Fran Pavley, State Senator
Toni Atkins, State Assemblymember
Geraldine Knatz, Public Member
Michael Brown, Public Member

1. Welcome and Council Member Announcements
Secretary Laird, Council Chair

2. Report from the Executive Director
Cat Kuhlman, Executive Director, OPC

3. Report from the Science Advisor
Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust

ACTION ITEMS

4. Consideration and possible approval of a resolution supporting the State Water Resources Control Board’s adoption of a Trash Policy
Karen Kayfetz, Sea Grant fellow, OPC

5. Consideration and possible approval of a resolution on implementation of the Safeguarding California Plan for Reducing Climate Risk
Abe Doherty, Climate Change Policy Advisor, OPC

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

6. Update on OPC’s ocean mapping program
Daniel Santillano, Environmental Scientist, OPC

7. Public Comment on non-agenda items

8. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
December 3, 2014 in Sacramento

NOTES
Agenda items may be re-ordered at the discretion of the council chair.

Please fill out a Request to Speak card to provide public comment on non-agenda items or on a specific agenda item. Comment on agenda items will be taken following each item.

Comments may be sent by email to: COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov. Written public comment must be received by 4 pm on August 22 to be included in the materials provided to the council prior to the meeting. Materials received after that date will be distributed to the council at the beginning of the meeting. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Joanna Stone at (916) 653-0537 orjoanna.stone@resources.ca.gov.

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

Related Event on August 27, 2014

Sharing Your Perspective on Envisioning California’s Ocean Health

9:30 am to 11:30 am (prior to the OPC meeting)
Natural Resources Agency Auditorium
1416 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

The California Ocean Protection Council and California Ocean Science Trust are hosting a workshop to bring together scientists, decision makers, tribal representatives, and constituents alike to share perspectives about what ocean health means across our diverse coastal communities. This workshop will inform our growing effort to explore the value of building a shared vision of ocean health in California.

Background Materials

· Workshop Agenda & Discussion Questions
· Proceedings of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team Workshop, June 11, 2014: Ocean Health as a Scientific Concept and Management Goal
· Earth Law Center submission (as public comment in advance of the OPC-SAT Workshop, June 11): Ocean Health in Environmental Policy and Law Introduction & Welcome
· The Honorable John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency, Chair, Ocean Protection Council Moderators
· Catherine Kuhlman, Deputy Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Matters, Executive Director, Ocean Protection Council
· Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust, Science Advisor, Ocean Protection Council

Invited Panelists
· Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
· Frances Gulland, Senior Scientist, Marine Mammal Center, Member, Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team
· Brendan Kelly, Director of Conservation & Chief Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium
· Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center
· Briannon Fraley, Self Governance Director, Smith River Rancheria
· Tom Weseloh, Consultant, Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro’s Office

August 27 – OPC Ocean Health Workshop and Public Meeting

Save the Date: August 27
9:30 AM: Workshop on Envisioning California's Ocean Health
1:00 PM: Ocean Protection Council Public Meeting
Natural Resources Agency Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento
Join us on August 27 to help inform the state on ocean policy and management. The morning will kick off with a workshop hosted by the Ocean Protection Council and the Ocean Science Trust to explore with scientists, decision makers, tribal representatives, and constituents what ocean health means across our diverse coastal communities. Then, the Ocean Protection Council will convene to address some of California's ocean priorities, including reducing marine debris and climate change.

More information on its way! Please check the OPC website for updates, including meeting materials.

Public Comment Open – MPA Partnership Plan

“The California Collaborative Approach: Draft Marine Protected Areas Partnership Plan” open for public comment

A draft of “The California Collaborative Approach: Marine Protected Areas Partnership Plan” (Partnership Plan) is now open for public and tribal comment, ending July 18, 2014 and July 25, 2014, respectively. The Partnership Plan is an overarching guidance document, developed under the leadership of Ocean Protection Council, that promotes a partnership-based model for managing California’s network of MPAs. Focused on a shared vision of linking agencies and organizations across geographic and jurisdictional scales, the Partnership Plan aims to tap into the existing energy, expertise, and resources at the local scale through a network of state-wide County Collaboratives.

Please visit the OPC website, http://www.opc.ca.gov, for the document and information about submitting comments.

Questions and comments can be submitted to: MPAcomments@resources.ca.gov

CDFW Fish Bulletin 181 Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 16, 2014 

CDFW Fish Bulletin 181 Now Available  

Commercial fishing boats 
CDFW photo
California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Region is proud to announce the availability of a new Fish Bulletin on the CDFW website. Fish Bulletin 181, titled California Marine Fish Landings for 1987-1999, provides basic records of amounts and values of marine resources taken by California's commercial fisheries, and summaries of catches by the passenger-carrying fishing industry. This bulletin, written by CDFW Environmental Scientist Robert Leos, is the 38th in a series stemming from the first gathering of commercial fisheries landing data by the California Department of Fish and Game in 1916 and the subsequent first publication of those landings data for the years 1926 and 1927. 

The CDFW Fish Bulletin is a core resource for the study of fish and fisheries in California. Continuously published as a monographic series since 1913, the Fish Bulletin contains in-depth monographs on a variety of topics, primarily marine, and also includes some non-fish marine species. Some Fish Bulletin titles are of special interest to scientists, state officials, and those with fishery management interests, however many Fish Bulletin titles are general works on marine species, and  may also be of interest to the general public. General interest titles cover marine fish (including specific titles on sardine, grunion, halibut, tuna, etc.), sharks, sea lions, clams, mussels, abalone, squid, historical shore whaling, and historical commercial fishing, and other topics. 

PSP Health Advisory: Los Angeles

Attached is a press release issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from the Los Angeles County coastline between Cabrillo Point and the Los Angeles-Orange county line. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this region. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

In addition, the advisory issued earlier this month for Inner Tomales Bay has been expanded to include the entire bay.

The advisory for Monterey Bay remains in place, as does the October 31 extension of the annual mussel quarantine for northern Humboldt County.