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September 25, 2020

Upcoming Webinar Series: Microplastics Effects on Human and Ecological Health

The Ocean Protection Council, the State Water Resources Control Board staff, and numerous international experts will be participating in a webinar series starting on October 19 to characterize microplastics and human and ecological health effects. This webinar series is hosted […]

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


September 25, 2020

OPC co-hosting virtual meeting on emerging contaminents

The Ocean Protection Council, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, are reconvening the Science Advisory Panel on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in Aquatic Ecosystems (Panel) to review existing scientific literature and […]

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


August 28, 2020

Ocean Protection Council Meeting — September 17, 2020 — Teleconference

The Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting via teleconference from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on September 17, 2020.

Categories: Aquaculture, Marine Pollution, OPC meetings, Plastic Pollution, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Strategic Goal 4: Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems


June 30, 2020

Ocean Litter Strategy Webinar Recording Available

The Ocean Protection Council and the NOAA Marine Debris Program co-hosted a two-day webinar for the California Ocean Litter Prevention Strategy (Strategy) implementation process on June 24-25, 2020. We are pleased to announce that webinar recordings of the two plenary […]

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


October 31, 2018

OPC approves grant for Newport Bay Water Wheel

At its October 25, 2018 meeting, OPC approved a $1.68 million Proposition 1 grant to the City of Newport Beach for planning and implementation of the Newport Bay Water Wheel project. The staff recommendation is available here and links to […]

Categories: Grant Projects, Marine Pollution, Uncategorized


August 6, 2015

California Whale Entanglements: August 20th Public Meeting

Please Note: A working group has been convened to continue discussion on topics raised at the August 20th meeting described below. To see the working group main webpage with current activities, click here. California Whale Entanglements On August 20, 2015 […]

Categories: Marine Pollution


October 2, 2014

Single-use plastic bag ban signed in California

On September 30, 2014 California became the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. In this precedential moment, Secretary for Natural Resources and Ocean Protection Council Chair John Laird applauds the legislature and Governor Jerry […]

Categories: Marine Pollution


September 16, 2014

Summary of Resolutions Passed at the August 27, 2014 OPC Meeting

On August 27, 2014, the California Ocean Protection Council passed two resolutions: one to support the State Water Resource Control Board’s adoption of a trash policy, and one to support implementation of the “Safeguarding California Plan for Reducing Climate Risk.”

Categories: Marine Pollution, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change


February 21, 2013

Cost to West Coast Communities of Dealing with Trash and Reducing Marine Debris

Through a 2012 contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kier Associates quantified the cost spent by 90 cities, large and small, in California, Oregon and Washington located along the coast or in watersheds draining to the ocean, to clean […]

Categories: Marine Pollution


November 15, 2012

New Thank You Ocean Report podcast – Rain Garden: Slowing Pollution at Its Source

Categories: Water Quality