We are partnering with the Ocean Protection Council to develop a plan to reduce impacts from Ocean Acidification.

Draft State of California Ocean Acidification Action Plan is Available for Public Comment, Deadline: August 31, 2018

Download the draft here.

The public comment period on the draft Action Plan is open from Wednesday, August 1 through Friday, August 31, 2018. All comments should be submitted by email to: COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov. Questions can be directed to Ocean Protection Council’s Climate Change Policy Adviser, Jenn Phillips at: Jennifer.Phillips@resources.ca.gov

BACKGROUND

The California Ocean Protection Council, in cooperation with the California Ocean Science Trust, is undertaking development of a State of California Ocean Acidification Action Plan (Action Plan).  This policy and management plan will be one of the first of its kind, and is being developed within the framework of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance), a global partnership founded in 2016 to assist governments in taking meaningful action to anticipate, mitigate, and adapt to the significant changes to the chemistry of the world’s oceans that are now occurring as a result of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Continuing on the same path as the state’s bold leadership on climate change, the Action Plan will provide a concrete vision and tractable actions for making progress in better understanding and addressing this critical threat to the productivity, ecology, and economic benefits derived from the state’s coastal and nearshore marine ecosystems. In so doing, it may serve as a model for other jurisdictions seeking to take action on ocean acidification.

Development of the Action Plan involves broad consultation with policy-makers, managers, experts, and interested parties across California and the OA Alliance and will draw on key resources (such as the OA Alliance’s OA Action Plan Toolkit). Consultation with the recently established Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Task Force, per Assembly Bill 2139, will help ensure the Action Plan is scientifically robust and feasible.

Timeline and Opportunities for Engagement

August 1 – August 31, 2018: 30-day public comment period on draft OA Action Plan

August 21, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PST): Public informational webinar, see below for additional information on how to register

September 12-14, 2018: Governor’s Global Climate Action Summit: Draft OA Action Plan highlights announced, San Francisco, CA

October 25, 2018: OPC Public Meeting: Scheduled adoption of the OA Action Plan, Santa Cruz, CA (webcast)

December 3-14, 2018: United Nations Climate Change Conference: Share OA Action Plan, Katowice, Poland

Informational Webinar: Tuesday, August 21, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)

Ocean Protection Council staff, in coordination with the Ocean Science Trust, will host an informational public webinar on Tuesday, August 21, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PST) to provide an overview of the draft Action Plan and provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and provide input.  

Please register for the webinar using the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0pL6JOn3T_mm0rFkYd5D2A

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