Ocean Protection Council Meeting — February 26, 2020, Sacramento

OPC Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
California Energy Commission
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
1516 9th Street, Sacramento, California


Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary for Environmental Protection
Betty Yee, State Controller, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Ben Allen, State Senator
Mark Stone, State Assemblymember
Michael Brown, Public Member
Jordan Diamond, Public Member

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

4. Action Item: Discussion and Possible Adoption of 2020-2025 Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean
Mark Gold, Executive Director

5. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 68 Funds for Urchin Removal to Support Potential Kelp Forest Recovery
Mike Esgro, Program Manager

6. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse General Funds to Reduce the Risk of Whale and Sea Turtle Entanglement in Fishing Gear
Paige Berube, Program Manager

6a. Drift Gillnet Transition Program
6b. Disentanglement Response and Training

7. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funds for the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program
Scott Shatto, MPA Sea Grant Fellow

8. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 1 Funds for the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Planning Project for Lower Watsonville Slough
Marina Cazorla, Program Manager

9. Public Comment on Non-Agenda

10. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
June 19, Bay Area

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 5 pm on February 24, 2020 to be included in the materials provided to the council at 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 Jenn Eckerle at (916) 654-9055 or 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: Kelp, OPC Meetings, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems