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May 7, 2024

California at INC-4: On the Road to an International Treaty to End Plastic Pollution 

California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and CalRecycle staff recently joined over 2,500 delegates from 170 countries in Ottawa, Canada at the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) that took place April 23-29 to develop a legally binding agreement […]

Categories: Marine Pollution, Outreach and Education, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity


March 3, 2024

Request for Community Input to Inform Statewide Plastics Monitoring Strategy and Plan

Join public meetings and submit comments by April 3  OPC is pleased to partner with the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) to develop a first-of-its-kind comprehensive Statewide Plastics Monitoring Strategy and Plan to track the state’s progress and to support future efforts […]

Categories: Event, Marine Pollution, Other Public Meetings, Plastic Pollution, Public Comment Opportunity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity


December 6, 2023

Secretary Speaker’s Series A Special Conversation with Rosanna Xia: California Against the Sea

Monday, December 11, 2023Noon to 1:00 PMVia Zoom Join us for a special conversation, hosted by California Natural Resources Agency, with Pulitzer Prize finalist and Los Angeles Times environmental reporter, Rosanna Xia as she shares insights from her brand-new book […]

Categories: Climate Change, Equity and Environmental Justice, Event, Marine Pollution, Outreach and Education, Plastic Pollution, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems, Water Quality


August 14, 2023

OPC is Hiring a Water Quality Program Manager – Apply by September 1, 2023

We are hiring an Environmental Scientist (Water Quality Program Manager) to help advance strategic priorities and inform policies related to improving coastal and marine water quality in California. The Environmental Scientist will lead OPC’s efforts related to water quality and […]

Categories: Career Opportunities, Equity and Environmental Justice, Marine Pollution, Ocean Acidification, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality


May 15, 2023

Registration for the California Ocean Litter Strategy Webinar – Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Join us and the 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 […]

Categories: Marine Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity


April 25, 2023

Updates from the April 24, 2023 Council Meeting

The April 24 Ocean Protection Council (OPC) meeting moved several efforts forward into next steps and introduced new efforts toward protecting California’s coast and ocean in 2023. Action items on the agenda supporting OPC’s Strategic Plan goals were all passed […]

Categories: Aquaculture, Equity and Environmental Justice, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Grant Projects, Marine Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, OPC meetings, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality


March 16, 2023

OPC and California Sea Grant Microplastic Research Program Request for Proposals

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and California Sea Grant are seeking applications for two separate research calls to advance microplastics understanding and management in California, consistent with the priorities outlined in the California Ocean Litter Strategy and Statewide Microplastics Strategy. Proposals should […]

Categories: Funding Opportunities and Updates, Marine Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity


January 19, 2023

Deep Ocean DDT+ Contamination in Southern California

New Report and Research Funding Opportunity from Sea Grant and University of Southern California A Deep Ocean DDT+ Research Needs Assessment for the Southern California Bight January 2023 The University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program and the California […]

Categories: Funding Opportunities and Updates, Marine Pollution, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality


October 26, 2022

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 […]

Categories: Marine Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity


September 7, 2022

Harmful Algal Bloom in San Francisco Bay Results in Aquatic Mortality, Fish Kills

Waters in San Francisco Bay have turned reddish-brown this summer due to a multi-week harmful algal bloom (HAB) identified as Heterosigma akashiwo, an invasive species of marine algae responsible for some of the ‘red tides’ that are toxic to fish […]

Categories: Outreach and Education, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality