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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
December 13, 2019

Funding Opportunity

The Ocean Protection Council is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for projects focused on outreach and education to improve compliance with marine protected area (MPA) regulations in California: 2020 Marine Protected Area Outreach and Education Small Grants Program The […]

Categories: Uncategorized
November 22, 2019

Public Comment Solicitation

OPC is accepting public comment on the Draft 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean. Comments can be submitted by email to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov and must be received by 5pm on December 13, 2019.

Categories: Uncategorized
October 30, 2019

OPC is Hiring a Senior Environmental Scientist

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) to lead its Marine Protected Area (MPA) Program.  OPC is a Cabinet-level state policy body that works to ensure healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems by advancing innovative, […]

Categories: Uncategorized
September 23, 2019

In Memoriam: Adrian Dahood-Fritz

The staff at OPC are devastated at the loss of our friend and colleague Adrian Dahood-Fritz, and her husband Andrew Fritz, who were both victims of the catastrophic Conception dive boat accident that occurred on September 2, 2019. Adrian was […]

Categories: Uncategorized
August 7, 2019

Adapted IUCN Green List indicators for California’s MPA network now available for public comment!

OPC and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the California Expert Assessment Group for the Green List, are pleased to release the adapted Green List indicators for public review and comment. Please find the call for […]

Categories: Uncategorized
May 2, 2019

Safeguarding Our Underwater Wilderness: A Deep Dive into California’s Marine Protected Areas

Join the Ocean Protection Council in celebrating California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) as we reflect on the establishment of the state’s MPA network, learn about compelling ocean science, and explore innovative ways to support MPA effectiveness into the future.   […]

Categories: Uncategorized
April 29, 2019

CA Co-authors Opposition Letter to Proposed Federal CZMA Rulemaking

California recently co-authored a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross opposing proposed Federal rulemaking to streamline the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) consistency review process. The CZMA is our country’s foundational coastal and marine management legislation. The proposed […]

Categories: Uncategorized
March 25, 2019

OPC’s 2019-2024 Draft Strategic Plan is Available for Public Comment

OPC is pleased to release its draft Strategic Priorities to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean, which will guide OPC’s priorities and investments over the next five years. We welcome feedback on this draft plan. Public comments should be submitted to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov […]

Categories: Uncategorized
January 17, 2019

NOW OPEN: Call for nominations for MPA Statewide Leadership Team Tribal Representatives

The MPA Statewide Leadership Team is an advisory body that promotes active and engaged communication among entities with significant authority, mandates, or interest in California’s marine protected area network. In partnership with California’s tribes and tribal governments, the Leadership Team has […]

Categories: Uncategorized