AB 2139, as amended, Williams. Ocean Protection Council: ocean acidification.
Existing law establishes the Ocean Protection Council in state government and prescribes the membership, functions, and duties of the council with regard to the protection and conservation of ocean and coastal resources.
begin delete would requireend delete the council to begin delete coordinate and facilitate research and work with other relevant public agencies with ocean protection responsibilitiesend delete to take specified actions to address ocean acidification, as prescribed, and, beginning January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, at its first meeting of the year, begin delete toend delete adopt recommendations for further actions that may be taken to address ocean acidification.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares both of the
3(a) The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science
4Panel was a binational collaboration of leading scientists from
5California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia that was
6convened at the request of the Ocean Protection Council and the
7California Ocean Science Trust. The West Coast Acidification and
8Hypoxia Science Panel’s executive summary report outlines
9findings, recommendations, and actions to address ocean
10acidification and hypoxia.
11(b) The mission of the Ocean Protection Council is to ensure
12that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean
13and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future
14generations. In order to do this, the council should address the
15challenge of ocean acidification.
Section 35618 is added to the Public Resources Code,
(a) The council shall coordinate and facilitate research
19and work with other relevant public agencies with ocean protection
20responsibilities to do all of the following:
21(1) Generate an inventory of areas that are most vulnerable to
P3 1 Develop, refine, and integrate predictive models of ocean
begin delete hypoxia.end delete
4(3) Inventory the colocation of protected areas and areas
5vulnerable to ocean acidification and hypoxia.
6(4) Facilitate agreements and work with organizations that fund
7ocean acidification and hypoxia research to establish joint research
9(5) Define gaps between ocean acidification monitoring efforts
10and management needs in coordination with relevant state, federal,
11and academic entities.
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26 Beginning January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, at its
27first meeting of the year,
begin delete the council shallend delete adopt recommendations
28for further actions that may be taken to address ocean acidification.