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Meeting Agenda


November 20, 2008

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


November 21, 2008

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Port of Los Angeles , Boardroom

425 South Palos Verdes Street

San Pedro , CA 90731


Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources, Council Chair

Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection

John Chiang, State Controller, Chair of the State Lands Commission

Susan Golding, Public Member

Geraldine Knatz, Public Member

Pedro Nava, State Assemblymember

Darrell Steinberg, State Senator


DAY 2 – November 21

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


6.                  Welcome and council member announcements         

Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources, Council Chair


7.                  Public comment on non-agenda items*


8.                  Report from the Council Secretary

Sam Schuchat, Council Secretary 

·          Budget report

·          Project updates

·          ACTION: Consideration and possible approval of the 2009 OPC meeting dates and locations.

 Motion and Vote 


9.                  ACTION: Consideration and possible authorization to provide up to $1,000,000 to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), and Humboldt State University (HSU) to complete four in-stream flow analyses in three coastal rivers in California to facilitate Department of Fish and Game’s development of stream flow recommendations for use by the State Water Resources Control Board.

             Motion and Vote

Valerie Termini, Project Manager


10.              ACTION: Consideration and possible authorization to provide up to $12,000,000 for marine protected area (MPA) baseline data collection efforts in the three remaining coastal regions of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative and approval to release funds to the Regents of the University of California, California Sea Grant Program as necessary to solicit and fund individual projects to carry out the baseline data collection.

             Motion and Vote

Christine Blackburn, Program Manager


11.              ACTION: Consideration and possible authorization to disburse of up to $440,000 to the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project to assess the effects of natural and anthropogenic nutrient loading to the Southern California Bight including the associated algal blooms.

             Motion and Vote 

            Cina Loarie, Project Manager


12.              ACTION: Consideration and possible (1) authorization to grant up to $765,000 to California Ocean Science Trust provide high quality information to the OPC and other organizations related to critical ocean issues; and (2) authorization to grant up to $210,000 to California Ocean Science Trust to conduct an oil platform decommissioning study.

             Motion and  Vote

                 Motion and  Vote 

Neal Fishman, Program Supervisor


13.              ACTION: Consideration and possible adoption of the 2009 Ocean Protection Council/Sea Grant Research Priorities and authorization to disburse of up to $1,000,000 to the California Sea Grant Program and University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program to fund ocean research consistent with these priorities.

 Motion and  Vote

Doug George, Project Manager


14.              ACTION: Consideration and possible adoption of a resolution to protect endangered and threatened sea turtles by opposing a proposed exempted fishing permit (EFP) under consideration by NOAA Fisheries Service for a longline swordfish fishery within state waters.

             Motion and Vote 

Christina Cairns , Project Manager


15.              Report from the Science Advisor to the OPC

Amber Mace, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust


16.              Report from the Executive Policy Officer

Drew Bohan, Executive Policy Officer

·          New OPC grant and contract audit form

·          Santa Barbara shipping lanes workshop

·          Follow-up on the Morro Bay Sewage Plant

·          OPC Strategic Action Plan update


17.             Adjourn

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Lawrence Matthews at (510) 286-1212 or 


Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Mr. Matthews no later than five days prior to meeting.