Ocean Protection Council Meeting, September 13, 2012

Meeting Agenda
Thursday, September 13, 2012
10:00 am
Auditorium, Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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

Thursday, September 13, 2012


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

2. Report from the Executive Director
Budget update
Cat Kuhlman, Executive Director, Ocean Protection Council (OPC)

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

Action Items

4. Ocean AcidificationConsideration and possible Council direction to the OPC Science Advisor to assess the current scientific understanding of ocean acidification, work with state resource managers to identify key management questions and report findings to the Council at a future meeting.
Cat Kuhlman, Executive Director, OPC
Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust

5. Memorandum of Understanding among the West Coast Governor’s Alliance on Ocean Health and the West Coast Ocean Observing Systems: Consideration of a resolution authorizing the Chair to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health and the West Coast Ocean Observing Systems to improve collaboration and data sharing.
Valerie Termini, Project Manager, OPC

Informational Items

6. Sea-Level Rise: Report on recently released National Academy of Sciences’ Sea-level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present and Future and discussion of next steps toward updating OPC’s California Sea-Level Rise Interim Guidance Document.
Amy Vierra, California Natural Resources Agency
Dr. Daniel Cayan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and US Geological Survey

7. Marine Life Protected Areas: Celebration of the redesign of California’s open-coast Marine Protected Areas and OPC’s partnership with the Department of Fish and Game and the California Fish and Game Commission in completing the process.
Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director, Fish and Game Commission
Clare O’Reilly, Project Manager, OPC

Ken Wiseman, Executive Director, Marine Life Protection Act Initiative

8. Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Response: Report on the current response to the tsunami debris and discussion of implications for marine debris clean up and communication efforts.
Sarah Flores, Project Manager, OPC
Stephen Sellers, Assistant Secretary, California Emergency Management Agency
Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager, California Coastal Commission
Kaitilin Gaffney, Director Pacific Program, Ocean Conservancy

9. Council Member Requests for Future Agenda Items
Cat Kuhlman, OPC Executive Director

10. Public comment on non-agenda items

11. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment

*Note:  Agenda items may be reordered at the discretion of the council chair.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed Joanna Stone (916) 653-9710 or joanna.stone@resources.ca.gov.  Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Ms. Stone no later than five days prior to meeting.


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