Amber Mace, Ph.D
California Ocean Protection Council
The Ocean Protection Council: Past, Present, Future
Wednesday — August 4, 2010
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.
The California Ocean Protection Council is tasked with the coordination of ocean-related activities by state agencies, integrating science into policy decisions, and recommending changes to existing laws and policies. To date, the OPC has embarked on a seafloor mapping project committed to mapping all state waters by 2010, established a science advisory team of internationally renowned scientists, led the development of the ocean and coastal chapter of the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy, launched a cutting-edge monitoring program for the statewide marine protected areas, and funded projects to make fishing practices more environmentally and economically sustainable. The OPC’s future priorities include developing goals and principles for implementing marine spatial planning in California, conducting a five-year external evaluation of the OPC, leading the Coastal and Ocean and Subcommittee of the Climate Action Team (CO-CAT) and helping to develop a wetland carbon sequestration protocol.