The Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) provides scientific analysis and advice to the OPC and works to ensure that OPC policy and funding decisions are informed by the best available science. The OPC-SAT was established in 2008 to help meet the goals of the California Ocean Protection Act. The OPC-SAT offers a critical venue to bring state leaders and scientists together around pressing ocean and coastal challenges. The OPC-SAT may take on a range of topics with emphasis on state priorities to address issues impacting coastal and marine ecosystems in California. 

The OPC-SAT and its members engage in four principal work modes: Expert Taskforces, Advisory Committees, Expert Panels, and as individuals. The work of the OPC-SAT is funded by the OPC and administered by Ocean Science Trust. For more information about the OPC-SAT, visit the OPC webpage here


Resources and Products




Consensus & Position Statements

Requested by the State Coastal Conservancy and the Ocean Protection Council:

Project leaders

Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

Project collaborators

Karina Nielsen / Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University
Steve Murray / California State University Fullerton