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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


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


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


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


July 25, 2022

DDT – A Never Ending Story

By Mark Gold, D.Env. In 1962, Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking Silent Spring exposed the devastating environmental harm caused by synthetic pesticides including DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane). In the book, she wrote, ”How could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method […]

Categories: Marine Pollution, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems, Water Quality


June 7, 2022

California Ocean Litter Strategy Workshop: June 21 and June 22

Registration is open for the California Ocean Litter Strategy Implementation Workshop! This virtual workshop will take place Tuesday, June 21st from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM and Wednesday, June 22nd from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific Time). Join federal […]

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


May 26, 2022

California Proposes New Requirement for Tiremakers to Seek Chemical Alternatives to Protect Water Quality, Coho Salmon

California has the largest network of freeways in the country and its cities are known for heavy traffic. Vehicle and traffic emissions not only impact air quality – but can degrade water quality. When it rains, stormwater carries particles from […]

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


February 17, 2022

Ocean Protection Council Meeting — February 23, 2022 — Teleconference

The Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting via teleconference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.  

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


December 31, 2021

OPC’s Year in Review: Meeting Challenges, Advancing Equity, Protecting Our Ocean

“As we look to 2022, our goal at the agency is to… continue California’s global leadership, combating climate change, transitioning our economy, and protecting our people and nature in the meantime. I believe strongly that people are resilient and that […]

Categories: 30x30, Aquaculture, Climate Change, Equity and Environmental Justice, Grant Projects, Marine Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, Plastic Pollution, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Strategic Goal 4: Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems, Water Quality