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Posted by Ken Jones (Skipper - Posts: 11990)
on May-20-08 4:51pm
TO:California Ocean and Coastal Community
FROM Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources and Council Chair
DATE: May 20, 2008
RE: OPC Meeting Review
The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) held its latest public meeting May 15, 2008 in Sacramento. Both the meeting summary, which provides a quick overview of the important actions, and the full archived webcast can be found online at http://resources.ca.gov/copc/05-15-08_meeting/.
As the first order of business, the OPC approved a resolution to endorse the Ocean and Coastal Community Call for Action that calls for the establishment of a national ocean trust fund, federal support for state and local government efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and the reauthorization of the Coastal Zone Management Act. The OPC is the first organization nationwide to formally lend its support to the Call for Action that promotes discrete actions that Congress may take to help protect our oceans and coasts. In addition, OPC members agreed to hold a special meeting in the next few months to consider supporting the Oceans Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act (HR 21). Information about when and how to participate in this meeting will be posted on the OPC Web site once the details are finalized.
Two major topics were the focus of discussion at the meeting: 1) aquatic invasive species (AIS) and 2) low impact development (LID).
The California Department of Fish and Game recently released the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan that provides a framework for state actions to most effectively management AIS. The council heard from several speakers about the damage invasive species can inflict on marine species and what state agencies are doing to address this problem. One of the primary actions highlighted in the plan was the completion of several key vector risk assessments that will synthesize information on specific vectors – like aquaculture and the live bait trade – and will provide management recommendations for each vector designed to prevent introductions in the future. The OPC voted to provide up to $1,000,000 to conduct six key assessments in this area.
The California Ocean Science Trust (OST) will conduct an open competitive process to select the research teams who will complete these studies. In addition, OPC staff will continue to play a key role in coordinating the actions of different organizations on this very important issue and will consider actions needed to create an emergency response fund for AIS. Finally, OST, in coordination with the OPC science advisory team, will review the state’s marine invasive species monitoring programs and recommend improvements.
The LID discussion was a follow up to the panel discussion at the February OPC meeting. Staff presented a resolution outlining several policy actions the OPC could endorse to promote LID statewide. The OPC voted to approve the resolution with several amendments recommended by stakeholders at the meeting.
The OPC supported several other project: two marine protected area monitoring projects in the central coast, a study of sediment transport in Tijuana Estuary that may inform policy changes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding beach nourishment projects, a study to examine potential impacts to coastal resources from sea level rise, and a study to prioritize steelhead restoration efforts between San Francisco and the Mexican border.
The next full meeting of the Ocean Protection Council will be held on September 11, 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The specific location will be posted to the OPC Web site once details are available.
Secretary for Resources
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