California Ocean Protection Council

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is a state agency whose mission is to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit...read more

North Coast
North Central Coast
Central Coast
South Coast
Blog Post
by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
August 31, 2017

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) welcomes nominations for a vacant seat on the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT).

Blog Post
by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
August 14, 2017

We are pleased to share with you the proceedings from the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team May 23 workshop "The Science of Climate Adaptation in California." 

South Coast
Blog Post
by Erin Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
April 26, 2017

As the upcoming Fish and Game Commission meeting on April 27, 2017 marks the close of the initial phase of South Coast MPA monitoring, we would like to extend a most sincere thank you to the local ocean community who were interested, involved, and en

Blog Post
by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
April 10, 2017

"The Science of Climate Adaptation in California"

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017​
Elihu M. Harris State Building, Room 1
Oakland, CA

South Coast
Blog Post
by Laurel Kellner / California Ocean Science Trust
March 27, 2017

FEATURED IN MULTIPLE MEDIA OUTLETS

South Coast
Blog Post
by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
February 23, 2017

Sharing MPA Baseline Monitoring Reporting: March 20-24, 2017

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by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
October 25, 2016

The report is meant to provide a “menu” of scientifically robust and vetted options to consider for California’s public health and natural resource management agencies, foundations, and communities affected by toxic bloom events.

North Coast
North Central Coast
Central Coast
South Coast
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by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
September 08, 2016

California's marine protected areas (MPAs) are in the process of transitioning from regional baseline monitoring, to statewide long-term monitoring to inform decisions about our coast and ocean.

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by Sarah Wheeler / California Oean Science Tust
June 20, 2016

On April 18th 2016, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Science Advisory Team (SAT) met in Oakland, CA for a workshop, “Bracing for a Changing World.”

North Central Coast
Blog Post
by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
May 09, 2016

The last twelve months have been an incredible journey for the North Central Coast MPA baseline period, as we reconnected with the local ocean community to share details of the first-ever broad characterization of the re

Blog Post
by Sarah Wheeler / California Oean Science Tust
April 08, 2016

Ocean Protection Council

Science Advisory Team Workshop

Agenda Now Available

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by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
March 01, 2016

In early December 2015, California Ocean Science Trust, in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Ocean Protection Council, had the pleasure of hosting a series of community gatherings throughout the North Central Co

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by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
November 17, 2015

California Ocean Science Trust, together with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Ocean Protection Council, invite you to take part in an open, informal exchange as we share the results of the North Central Coast Marine Protected Area (MPA) Baseline Program, and

Blog Post
by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
November 02, 2015

Thank you to everyone who completed the North Central Coast Monitoring Survey!

Blog Post
by Laurel Kellner / California Ocean Science Trust
August 26, 2015

This year, Ocean Science Trust is honored to be the local host of the Western Society of Naturalists (WSN) Annual Meeting located in Sacramento, California, November 5-8, 2015. We have introduced a convening topic of "Marine Science Informing Management." 

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by Yoon Hui Kim / California Ocean Science Trust
August 20, 2015

As a transplant to the San Francisco Bay area from Washington, DC, I’m still awed by the beauty, diversity and abundance of California’s coasts and oceans, and the commitment of the state government and local communities to protect and enhance these areas that are integral to who we are and how w

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by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
August 11, 2015
Project coordinators and managers of North Central Coast monitoring projects are invited to complete the North Central Coast Monitoring Survey

Open August 11 – October 7, 2015

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by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
July 28, 2015

The North Central Coast region—spanning diverse ecosystems from Alder Creek near Point Arena south to Pigeon Point—has reached the 5-year anniversary of its established network of marine protected areas (MPAs).

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by Cat Kuhlman / California Ocean Protection Council
July 14, 2015

I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the Ocean Protection Council’s upcoming public workshop, “The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel: An Investment in a Healthy Ocean for California.”

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by Marisa Villarreal / California Ocean Science Trust
June 17, 2015

Near and far, people were saddened to hear of the 105,000 (2500 barrels) gallons of crude oil that were spilled on May 19th at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County.

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by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
April 24, 2015

There is no single approach to considering ocean acidification and hypoxia science in management and policy. Given the complexity and scale of these issues, along with the rapidly advancing science, understanding when and where to take action is no simple task.

Blog Post
by Jennifer Savage / Northcoast Environmental Center
February 03, 2015

What’s Happening with Sea Stars

Blog Post
by Emily Knight / Ocean Science Trust
December 03, 2014

As Program Manager at Ocean Science Trust, I have been working with the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) for over four years.

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by Laurel Kellner / California Ocean Science Trust
September 03, 2014

It’s before sunrise but I’m already out of bed. I am not a fisherman. For me, this is not normal. But today I have the chance to join an emerging discussion on ocean health, and what it means for California. Like mom, apple pie, and flag waving, I’m soon to hear it’s becoming a popular concept.

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by Cat Kuhlman / California Ocean Protection Council
August 21, 2014

In California, maintaining healthy coasts and oceans is critical to our state's environmental and economic security, and integral to our high quality of life and culture.