AB 2139, as amended, Williams. Ocean Protection Council: ocean acidification and hypoxia.
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.
This bill would, subject to the availability of funding, authorize the council to develop an ocean acidification and hypoxia science task force to ensure that council decisionmaking is supported by the best available science, and require the council to take specified actions to address ocean acidification and hypoxia, as prescribed, and, beginning January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, at its first meeting of the year, adopt recommendations for further actions that may be taken to address ocean acidification and hypoxia.
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.
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(a) Subject to the availability of funding, the council
20may develop an ocean acidification and hypoxia science task force
21to ensure that decisionmaking is supported by the best available
23(b) Subject to the availability of funding, the council shall do
24both of the following:
25(1) Take actions to address ocean acidification and hypoxia,
26including, but not limited to, all of the following:
27(A) Implement measures to facilitate climate change adaptation
28in the ocean, consistent with subdivision (c) of Section 71154.
29(B) Develop, refine, and integrate predictive models that identify
30the relative contributions of global and local drivers of ocean
31acidification and hypoxia in California waters.
P3 1(C) Work with other agencies to coordinate and ensure that
2criteria and standards for coastal water health to address ocean
3acidification and hypoxia are developed and informed by the best
5(D) Develop a comprehensive inventory of areas in California
6vulnerable to ocean acidification and hypoxia.
7(E) Facilitate agreements with other national, state, and regional
8governments and private entities to establish and advance joint
9priorities for ocean acidification and hypoxia research.
10(F) In coordination with relevant federal, state, and academic
11entities, identify gaps between the monitoring of ocean acidification
12and hypoxia and management needs, and the actions necessary to
13address these gaps.
14(2) Beginning January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, at its
15first meeting of the year, adopt recommendations for further actions
16that may be taken to address ocean acidification and hypoxia.