Ocean Protection Council

February 27, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
California Energy Commission, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
1516 9th Street

The Ocean Protection Council will host a public meeting from 1:30 to 4:30pm on February 26, 2020 at the California Energy Commission’s Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room in Sacramento. Please note that the meeting will not be held at the Natural Resources Building Auditorium.  Meeting materials will be posted on OPC’s website on February 14, 2020.

OPC Meeting Agenda

California Energy Commission
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
1516 9th Street, Sacramento

Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary for Environmental Protection
Betty Yee, State Controller, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Ben Allen, State Senator
Mark Stone, State Assemblymember
Michael Brown, Public Member
Jordan Diamond, Public Member

  1. Welcome, Introductions and Council Member Announcements
    Secretary Crowfoot, Council Chair


  1. Introduction and Report from the Executive Director
    Mark Gold, Executive Director


  1. Report from the Science Advisor
    Liz Whiteman, Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust


  1. Action Item: Discussion and Possible Adoption of 2020-2025 Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean

Mark Gold, Executive Director


  1. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 68 Funds for Urchin Removal to Support Potential Kelp Forest Recovery

Mike Esgro, Program Manager


  1. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse General Funds to Reduce the Risk of Whale and Sea Turtle Entanglement in Fishing Gear

Paige Berube, Program Manager

6a. Drift Gillnet Transition Program

6b. Disentanglement Response and Training


  1. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funds for the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program

Scott Shatto, MPA Sea Grant Fellow


  1. Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 1 Funds for the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Planning Project for Lower Watsonville Slough

Marina Cazorla, Program Manager


  1. Public Comment on Non-Agenda


  1. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
    June 19, Bay Area



Agenda items may be re-ordered at the discretion of the council chair.

Please fill out a Request to Speak card to provide public comment on non-agenda items or on a specific agenda item. Comment on agenda items will be taken following each item.

Comments may be sent by email to: COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov. Written public comment must be received by 5 pm on February 24, 2020 to be included in the materials provided to the council at the meeting. Materials received after that date will be distributed to the council at the beginning of the meeting. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Jenn Eckerle at (916) 654-9055 or jenn.eckerle@resources.ca.gov.