Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


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Contact: Jenn Eckerle, jenn.eckerle@resources.ca.gov
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Ocean Protection Council Meeting (MPAs featured prominently!)

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The CA Ocean Protection Council posts their agenda, meeting location and a webcast to their meetings page on their website.

This meeting will prominently feature MPA updates and projects. Please attend, comment, and share! A message from our partners at OPC about this meeting:

OPC staff will recommend funding for several projects advancing statewide ocean conservation at our virtual Council meeting on Tuesday, September 14th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition to funding recommendations, the  agenda will include informational discussions about microplastics, communication efforts on sea level rise and Prop 68 coastal resilience projects, and the MPA Management Program and Decadal Management Review

We would be grateful for public comments and/or letters of support from you and other interested colleagues. 

Written public comments should be sent to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov by 9am on Monday, September 13th. You can also provide oral public comment at the meeting – see the meeting agenda once posted for instructions. 

You might be particularly interested in the MPA information and action items:

  •  Item 5a will provide an update on California’s MPA Management Program and Planning for the 2022 Adaptive Management Review and highlight the important work that has been done in each of the four focal areas of the MPA Management Program over the last 10 years. It will be a great opportunity to hear all about the progress the MPA Management Program has made towards meeting the goals of the MPLA as we gear up for the decadal management review in December 2022.
  • Item 5b recommends the Council approve up to $500,000 to California Marine Sanctuary Foundation in collaboration with the MPA Collaborative Network to evaluate, assess, and install educational and regulatory MPA signage statewide to increase awareness and stewardship of California’s statewide MPA Network.
  • Item 5c recommends the Council approve $500,000 to San Jose State University to continue the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP) as part of the long-term monitoring of the MPA network. Both this item and 4b will supplement efforts in both MPA monitoring and outreach, foundational pillars of the MPA Program. 

The staff recommendations linked in the agenda will provide more information on this project as well as the other topics being considered. We sincerely appreciate your continued involvement in the State’s MPA Management Program and thank you in advance for your participation in our upcoming meeting.

All the best, 

The OPC MPA Team

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