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December 21, 2021

Draft Statewide Microplastics Strategy is Available for Public Comment

OPC is pleased to release the draft Statewide Microplastics Strategy, which outlines a statewide research strategy and recommended early actions to reduce microplastic pollution in California’s marine environment, consistent with Senate Bill 1263 (Portantino, 2018). We welcome feedback on this draft […]

Categories: Marine Pollution, Plastic Pollution


December 7, 2021

Environmental Justice Communities to Receive $7.5M for Coastal Water Quality Projects

At its December 7 meeting, the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) for the first time approved funding exclusively for coastal water quality projects that directly benefit Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities. A total of $7.5M in Proposition 1 funds will be […]

Categories: Climate Change, Equity and Environmental Justice, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Grant Projects, OPC meetings, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Tribal Engagement, Water Quality


December 7, 2021

Ocean Protection Council Meeting — December 7, 2021 — Teleconference

The Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting via teleconference at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

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


November 23, 2021

New Report: Understanding the Flow of Microplastics from our Cities to the Ocean

Despite increased awareness, plastic pollution continues to infiltrate our oceans and beaches, littering the seafloor, ocean surface, beaches and shorelines. It also takes a toll on our economy: California communities spend more than $428 million annually to clean up and […]

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


September 7, 2021

California Biodiversity Day 2021 – Get Involved!

As a state, California boasts both the highest number of species total and the highest number of species that occur nowhere else. Our state’s animal and plant life is so varied that we’ve been named as one of 36 Global […]

Categories: 30x30, Climate Change, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Kelp, Marine Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, Ocean Acidification, OPC meetings, Outreach and Education, Plastic Pollution, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems, Water Quality


August 31, 2021

Ocean Protection Council Meeting — September 14, 2021 — Teleconference

The Ocean Protection Council will hold a public meeting via teleconference from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Teleconference (watch now)

Categories: Climate Change, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Marine Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, OPC meetings, Plastic Pollution, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality


July 27, 2021

OPC is hiring a Water Quality Program Manager

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist (Water Quality Program Manager) to help advance strategic priorities related to improving coastal and marine water quality in California. The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and […]

Categories: Career Opportunities, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality


May 12, 2021

Announcement: Microplastics Risk Report and Trash Methods Playbook Available

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is pleased to share the results of two OPC-funded projects. The first is a report providing guidance for addressing microplastic pollution in California’s waters and assessing the risk of microplastics, and the second is a […]

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


March 26, 2021

Now Available: Final Top Ten Recommendations to Address Plastic Pollution in California’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystem

The final Top Ten Recommendations to Address Plastic Pollution in California’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, which were amended and endorsed by the Ocean Protection Council its February 16, 2021 meeting, are now available here.

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


January 15, 2021

Ocean Protection Council Meeting — February 16, 2021 — Teleconference

The Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting via teleconference from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on February 16, 2021.

Categories: Climate Change, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Kelp, Marine Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, OPC meetings, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems