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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 Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
February 23, 2017

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

Blog Post
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.

Blog Post
by Sarah Wheeler / California Oean Science Tust
September 29, 2016

Integrating science into management is not a passive process. It takes active collaboration and engagement across disciplines and jurisdictions.

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.

South Coast
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by Sarah Finstad / California Ocean Science Trust
June 24, 2016

Recognized as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems in the world, South Coast kelp forests and rocky reefs are home to a host of recreationally and commercially important species and are a favorite destination for marine life enthusiasts.

North Central Coast
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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

Blog Post
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 Sarah Wheeler / California Oean Science Tust
January 28, 2016

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water met Tuesday for an oversight hearing, “Science and Policy Update on Ocean Acidification – the “Evil Twin” of Climate Change.” It marked the first legislative hearing on ocean acidification.

Blog Post
by Benét Duncan / California Ocean Science Trust
January 28, 2016

We're looking for a candidate with experience in science communications, policy and marine biology/ecology to advance our work on marine protected area monitoring in the South Coast. The Fellow will work closely with the South Coast MPA monitoring team to develop and share reporting pro

Blog Post
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 Leila Sievanen / California Ocean Science Trust
October 22, 2015

Hello there! I'm a new Associate Scientist at the Ocean Science Trust and am writing to introduce myself to the OceanSpaces community. I grew up in Humboldt County

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." 

Blog Post
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

Blog Post
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.”

Blog Post
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.

Blog Post
by Marisa Villarreal / California Ocean Science Trust
May 12, 2015

When I’m at work, I’m struck by how amazing the views from our office are. We can see the city of San Francisco (on a clear day), the famous Oakland cranes, and the San Francisco Bay.

Blog Post
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 Marisa Villarreal / California Ocean Science Trust
March 10, 2015

My favorite thing about conferences is the networking. I know all you introverts just cringed a little (or a lot).

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.

Blog Post
by Laurel Kellner / California Ocean Science Trust
December 02, 2014

This week we're kicking off a big celebration. No, not for the holidays. This one's for the community involved in monitoring California’s statewide network of MPAs!

Blog Post
by Ryan Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
September 30, 2014

Today we're happy to release a new guidance document that brings together our findings from the California Citizen Science Initiative.

Blog Post
by Liz Whiteman / California Ocean Science Trust
September 08, 2014

Summer coastal fog dampens the ground and an acrid smell pervades the air. It’s 5am on an August morning at Pillar Point harbor and the docks are already stirring with movement. Commercial squid season is now in full swing.

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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.

Blog Post
by William Sydeman / farallon institute
September 02, 2014

Perspectives from the OPC-SAT blog series is dedicated to giving a voice to Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) members to share their reflections on bridging the scie

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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.

Blog Post
by Amy Freitag / Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
July 18, 2014

In the aftermath of Cosco Busan spilling nearly 54,000 gallons of oil around the Bay Bridge and outer coast from Drakes bay to Half Moon Bay in 2007, Beach Watch volunteers mobilized to walk the beach each m

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by Amy Freitag / Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
July 14, 2014

The Basics: Grunion run onto sandy beaches during their spawning season at night after the highest tide associated with a full or new moon. Volunteers contribute to our evolving understanding of the grunion by reporting observations of when and where they run.

Blog Post
by Amy Freitag / Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
July 08, 2014

Collaborative Fisheries Research West is a program that supports and facilitates research involving fishermen, managers and scientists. Unlike other cases we have examined, this is a program dedicated to supporting one very particular kind of citizen science.

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by Amy Freitag / Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
June 26, 2014

When the picture of a black rockfish appeared onscreen, a large number of ears in the room perked up. Then a few eyebrows raised and you could almost see the mental cogs turning.

Blog Post
by Liz Whiteman / California Ocean Science Trust
June 25, 2014

Welcome, everyone, to the next step in the evolution of OceanSpaces! We’re thrilled to release an updated and improved site to better serve your needs as California’s ocean community. Our transformation was sparked and guided by you.

Blog Post
by Amy Freitag / Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
May 14, 2014

On April 23rd and 24th, representatives from 18 of the Central Coast citizen science groups gathered with marine protected areas and the staff of the Ocean Science Trust.

Blog Post
by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
March 19, 2014

This post originally appears in California Sea Grant's blog Our Ocean on March 11, 2014

Blog Post
by Liz Whiteman / California Ocean Science Trust
February 26, 2014

This post first appeared February 4, 2014 in The California Majority Report.

Liz Whiteman

Blog Post
by Ryan Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
February 21, 2014

This post is the first of a two-part series on the roles that boundary organizations play in linking science with decision making. Click here to view part two.

Blog Post
by Ryan Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
February 21, 2014

This post is the second of a two-part series on the roles that boundary organizations play in linking science with decision making. It was first published on January 24, 2014 in Leopold Leadership 3.0.

Blog Post
by Erin Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
January 30, 2014

Scientists, fishermen, tribal governments, and citizen groups from 30 organizations across eleven projects will work together to develop a baseline of ocean conditions and human uses in the North Coast region.

Blog Post
by Ryan Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
November 22, 2013

One of the more encouraging aspects of working in the boundary between science and decision making is hearing scientists increasingly express the desire for their research to more effectively inform policy and management. However, for many the boundary appears difficult to navigate.

Blog Post
by Ryan Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
October 09, 2013

I can’t bear to go running without my smartphone because I’ve become so attached to the data I get from its various tracking features--distance, pace, elevation change, calories burned, etc. This information is somewhat useful, I think.