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June 7, 2024

From Fishponds to Floating Turbines – Ocean Solutions on Display at Capitol Hill Ocean Week  

By Conner Smith, California Sea Grant State Fellow  The lead up to World Oceans Day on June 8, 2024 is often a time for big announcements in ocean stewardship. This year was no different. The Biden administration kicked off Oceans Week, […]

Categories: 30x30, Climate Change, Marine Protected Areas, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems, Tribal Engagement


June 5, 2024

Updates from the June 4, 2024 Council Meeting

The June 4, 2024 Ocean Protection Council (OPC) meeting included investments and informational updates on all four of the Council’s strategic plan goals to address climate change, advance equity, conserve marine biodiversity, and support a sustainable blue economy. Key actions included adoption […]

Categories: 30x30, Equity and Environmental Justice, Leadership and Staff Updates, Offshore Wind, OPC meetings, 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, Tribal Engagement


May 17, 2024

Announcing the Environmental Justice Advisory Board for California’s Coast and Ocean

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is thrilled to announce the members of the inaugural Environmental Justice Advisory Board (EJ Advisory Board) for California’s Coast and Ocean, who will help advise the State by providing valuable equity-focused insights and perspectives to […]

Categories: Equity and Environmental Justice, Strategic Goal 2: Equity


May 14, 2024

Ocean Protection Council Meeting – June 4, 2024 – Teleconference and Public Forum

The Ocean Protection Council will hold a hybrid public meeting via teleconference and in a public forum at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Meeting documents are available.

Categories: 30x30, Event, Offshore Wind, OPC meetings, Public Comment Opportunity, 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, Tribal Engagement


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


April 26, 2024

OPC Awards $1 Million to Support Tribal Nature-Based Solutions Projects on California’s Coast

OPC is thrilled to announce $1 million in awards to support Tribal Nature-Based Solutions projects on California’s coast. This investment comes as part of a larger commitment announced today by Governor Gavin Newsom to award up to $107.7 million for 32 projects that support […]

Categories: Funding Opportunities and Updates, Grant Projects, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Tribal Engagement


April 4, 2024

Call for Nominations: Tribal Scientists for Offshore Wind Environmental Monitoring Guidance 

We are pleased to issue a call for nominations for tribal scientists to contribute to the development of environmental monitoring guidance for offshore wind. In October of 2023, OPC selected California Marine Sanctuary Foundation (CMSF) via a competitive proposal process to […]

Categories: Climate Change, Offshore Wind, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Strategic Goal 4: Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems, Tribal Engagement


March 26, 2024

SB 1 Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning Grant – Technical Assistance Program is Open

In partnership with Coastal Quest, OPC is excited to announce the launch of the Senate Bill 1 Technical Assistance Program (SB 1 TA Program) to support sea level rise adaptation planning! The SB 1 TA Program aims to provide grant […]

Categories: Equity and Environmental Justice, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Sea-Level Rise, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity


March 18, 2024

Join the Environmental Justice Advisory Board for California’s Coast and Ocean – Application Period Extended to April 5, 2024

UPDATE March 18, 2024: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 5, 2024. This extended application period is focused on recruiting applicants from California’s North Coast and Central Coast regions, or those with statewide perspectives. Only applications meeting […]

Categories: Equity and Environmental Justice, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Tribal Engagement


March 11, 2024

OPC’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – Apply by April 5, 2024

Through an exciting partnership with Justice Outside, OPC’s pilot Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants program has officially launched! OPC’s Equity Plan highlights the importance of advancing more inclusive and accessible funding pathways to broaden opportunities for sustainable community engagement across […]

Categories: Equity and Environmental Justice, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Strategic Goal 2: Equity