While managers, scientists, stakeholders, NGOs and others have long supported science-informed management, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the Fish and Game Commission (FGC), and the Ocean Protection Council continue to explore innovative partnerships to enhance the uptake of new scientific information. 

Fostering New Ideas and Innovative Thinking

On September 4, 2013, Ocean Science Trust brought us together with state decision makers to initiate a conversation to discuss tools and processes available to help support DFW and FGC in their missions. From this meeting emerged a commitment among ourselves and decision makers to:

  • expand partnerships with independent scientists to develop ways to prioritize fisheries;
  • explore thoughtful and creative ways to integrate MPAs with fisheries management; and
  • identify science needs associated with implementing more flexible fisheries management plans (FMPs).

​Download the meetings summary.

Readying California's Fisheries for Climate Change

We are now engaged with DFW to think through approaches to ready California's fisheries for climate change, the theme of our latest OPC-SAT workshop (February 25, 2015). At this event, DFW challenged us to work with the Ocean Science Trust to utilize our expertise to develop guidance on ways to assess biological and socioeconomic changes due to climate change on fish and fishing communities.

Building New Pathways for Science

Continuing to strengthen our partnership, we are also engaged with DFW and the FGC on a range of priorities:

Strengthening the Use of Independent Scientific Review in Management

Developing a Decision Framework to Balance Scientific Collecting with Other Extractive Activities

  • Task Force on Scientific Collecting Permits in MPAs

Project leaders

Mark Carr / PISCO - UC Santa Cruz
Liz Whiteman / California Ocean Science Trust

Project collaborators

Gary Griggs / Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz
Alexandria Boehm / Stanford University