Across California ocean and coastal agencies and beyond – embedded in legal mandates, management plans, and policy guidance – there is a common theme: shared goals for a healthy, resilient, and productive California ocean. Bringing the scientific and management communities together, California has the opportunity to begin building a shared understanding of ocean health.
- Sharing Perspectives on Ocean Health, a workshop led by the Ocean Protection Council and Ocean Science Trust
- Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team Explores Ocean Health, a workshop hosted by Ocean Science Trust
Aligning the policy and management vision across the landscape
From MPA management and fishery regulations, to reductions in marine debris and wastewater treatment, California policymakers, regulators and managers are already taking actions that promote a healthy, productive ocean.
- Governor’s Office of Research and Planning: California Environmental Goals and Policy Report
- Coastal Conservancy: California Coastal Act
- Department of Fish & Wildlife: Marine Life Protection Act, Marine Life Management Act
- State Water Resources Control Board: California Ocean Plan
New science tools to measure and track ocean health
Each agency has its own unique mission, mandates, management levers, and policies – different words, different cultures and different day-to-day operations. California is beginning to explore some of the overlaps and differences among agencies, and identify opportunities for new science tools to measure and track ocean health.