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Ocean Protection Council Meeting - October 25, 2018, in Santa Cruz

OPC Meeting Agenda
Thursday, October 25, 2018
12:00 pm

Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room
100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, California 95060
(See notes below for location map and parking information)


John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection
Betty Yee, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Ben Allen, State Senator
Mark Stone, State Assemblymember
Michael Brown, Public Member
Jordan Diamond, Public Member

1.  Welcome and Council Member Announcements

Secretary Laird, Council Chair

2.  Report from the Executive Director

Deborah Halberstadt, Executive Director

3.  Report from the Science Advisor

Liz Whiteman, Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust

4.  Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

4a.  Action Item: Consideration and Possible Adoption of the MPA Statewide Leadership Team Work Plan

Cyndi Dawson, Senior Program Manager

Exhibit A: Work Plan
Exhibit B: Proposed Resolution
Exhibit C: Support Letters

4b.   Action Item: Consideration and Possible Adoption of the MPA Monitoring Action Plan

Cyndi Dawson, Senior Program Manager

Exhibit A: Action Plan
Exhibit B: Proposed Resolution

4c.  Action Item: Consideration and Possible Adoption of Grant Guidelines for OPC's Once-Through Cooling Interim Mitigation Program

Tova Handelman, Program Manager

Exhibit A: Once-Through Cooling Interim Mitigation Program Award Guidelines
Exhibit B: Public Comment

         Motion and Vote 

5.  Climate Change

5a.  Action item: Consideration and Possible Adoption of California's Ocean Acidification Action Plan

Jenn Phillips, Senior Program Manager

Exhibit A: State of California Ocean Acidification Action Plan
Exhibit B: Support Letters

         Motion and Vote

 Action item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 84 Funds in Furtherance of Climate Change Strategic Priorities
Jenn Phillips,  Senior Program Manager

5b.  Ocean Acidification, Hypoxia and other Changes in Ocean Conditions from a Changing Climate

5b1.  An ecophysiological framework to assess hypoxia driven habitat loss in the California Current Ecosystem, University of Washington

Support Letters

5b2.  Benefits beyond biomass: Bio-physical feedbacks within Marine Protected Areas may promote ecosystem resilience in the face of global climate change, University of California, Santa Barbara

Support Letters

5b3.   Present and future climatic drivers of domoic acid toxicity in coastal ecosystems of California, San Francisco State University

Support Letters

5b4.   Geography of stress: Impacts of ocean acidification along the California Coast, University of California, Davis

Support Letters

5b5.   Understanding ocean warming impacts on shrinking body sizes of California fishes: Linking pattern & mechanism to support future sustainable fisheries, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Support Letters

5b6:   Assessing the combined effects of ocean acidification and warming on disease susceptibility and restoration success of the critically endangered white abalone, University of California, Davis

Support Letters           


5c.  Sea-Level Rise

5c1.   Coastal flooding projections and socioeconomic impacts due to sea level rise and storms for the north coast using the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS), U.S. Geological Survey

Support Letters

5c2.   Groundwater inundation hazards and socioeconomic impacts due to sea level rise across the California coast, U.S. Geological Survey

Support Letters

5c3.  Tribal Intertidal Digital Ecological Surveys (TIDES) Project: Using large-area imaging to assess intertidal vulnerability to sea-level rise with coastal indigenous nations, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Support Letters

5c4.   Humboldt Coastal Resilience Project (HCRP): Analyzing beach-dune morphodynamics and vegetation controls on coastal resiliency to develop decision support tools and adaptation measures for sea-level rise and extreme events along the Eureka Littoral Cell, northern California, State Coastal Conservancy

Support Letters

5d.  Coastal Sediment Management

5d1.  Statewide assessment of California cliff erosion and retreat, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Support Letters

5d2.  Using green engineering techniques to restore coastal sand dunes at Border Field State Park, San Diego, Coastal Environments, Inc.

Support Letters

          Motion and Vote 

6.  Sustainable Fisheries

Action Item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 84 and General Funds in Furtherance of Sustainable Fisheries Strategic Priorities
Paige Berube, Program Manager

6a.  Proposition 84 Projects

6a1.  Habitat characterization, fishery development and stock structure of swordfish off California, Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research

Support Letters

6a2.   A multi-faceted approach to enhance sustainability of the California spiny lobster fishery, San Diego State University

Support Letters

6a3.   Reconstructing the population dynamics of southern California Paralabrax species in the face of a changing ocean, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

6a4.   Improving management under the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) by accounting for effects of Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on fisheries, University of California, Davis

6a5.   Sea Feeds: Identification and culture of Californian marine macroalgae capable of reducing greenhouse gas production from ruminant livestock, San Jose State University

Support Letters

6a6.   A DNA metabarcoding approach to monitoring fish spawning and population connectivity in Coastal Southern and Central California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

6b.   General Fund Projects

6b1.   Solar Logger Pilot Project: Informing the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program of the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working GroupCalifornia Whale Rescue

Exhibit A: Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group - October 2018 Recommendations Memo
Exhibit B: Example output (map) generated from solar logger data collection and analysis, solar logger photo, and diagram of how a solar logger gathers data and outputs data
Exhibit C: Support Letters

6b2.  Support for California Marine Mammal Stranding Network Members for Sea Lion and Seal Stranding Rescue and Rehabilitation ActivitiesKaren C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the University of California, Davis

Exhibit A: California Marine Mammal Stranding Network Members & Maps
Exhibit B: California Sea Lion Strandings Graph
Exhibit C: Support Letters

         Motion and Vote 

7.  Marine Renewable Energy

Action Item:  Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 84 Funds in Furtherance of Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Priorities
Chris Potter, Program Manager

Public Comment

7a.   Wave Energy Conversion in California under the present and future Climate and economic feasibility analysis of different technologiesUniversity of California, Santa Cruz

7b.   California Offshore Wind: Workforce and Grid Integration AnalysisUniversity of California, Berkeley

Support Letters

7c.   North Coast Offshore Wind Feasibility AnalysisSchatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University

Exhibit A: Map of Study Area
Exhibit B: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Call for Information and Nominations for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the OCS Offshore California
Exhibit C: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Wind Energy Commercial Leasing Process Fact Sheet
Exhibit D: Letters of Support

        Motion and Vote 

8.  Marine Pollution

Holly Wyer, Program Manager

Action item: Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 84 and Proposition 1 Funds in Furtherance of Marine Pollution Strategic Priorities

8a.   Proposition 84 Projects

8a1.   Linking Terrestrial Pollution to Estuarine Water Quality: Quantification of the role of groundwater in the transport, transformation, and removal of agricultural pollutants in Elkhorn Slough, University of California, Santa Cruz

Support Letters

8a2.   Multiple Stressors and Toxic Pseudo-nitzschia Blooms in California Waters: Understanding the Complex Interactive Impacts of Nutrients, Temperature, and Carbonate Chemistry, University of Southern California

Support Letters

8a3.   Advancing Portable Detection Capabilities of Harmful Algal Bloom Species in California Waters, San Jose State University

Support Letters

8a4.  Interaction between microplastics and pathogen pollutants in marine ecosystems: Implications for seafood safety, University of California, Davis 

Support Letters

8b.  Proposition 1 Project

8b1.   Newport Bay Water Wheel ProjectCity of Newport Beach

Exhibit 1: Project Location Map
Exhibit 2: Project Site Plan and Graphics
Exhibit 3: Letters of Support
Exhibit 4: Mitigated Negative Declaration
Exhibit 5: Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Plan

Public Comment on Items 4-8

        Motion and  Vote 

9.  Public Comment on non-agenda items

Letters received before 10/24/2018

10. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
February 12, 1-4 pm, Natural Resources Building Auditorium, Sacramento.


Agenda items may be re-ordered at the discretion of the council chair.

Please fill out a Request to Speak card to provide public comment on non-agenda items or on a specific agenda item. Comment on agenda items will be taken following each item.

Comments may be sent by email to: Written public comment must be received by 5 pm on October 23, 2018 to be included in the materials provided to the council at the meeting. Materials received after that date will be distributed to the council at the beginning of the meeting. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Jenn Eckerle at (916) 654-9055 or

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

For a map of the meeting location and details on parking, please click here.