The California Ocean Protection Council

Leading the State

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) – a cabinet level state entity committed to sustaining a healthy ocean and coast for all Californians – is spearheading California’s efforts to combat ocean acidification. 


Taking Comprehensive Action  

The OPC was the largest investor in the Panel, and is now leading a comprehensive action plan to pave the way for sweeping implementation of the Panel’s Recommendations. The OPC is implementing two major pieces of legislation, and making targeted investments in research and monitoring:


Advancing Water Quality

Working with the State Water Resources Control Board (the lead agency in regulating water quality), the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, and Stanford University, the OPC has launched an effort to lay the groundwork for the development of ecologically relevant criteria for coastal ocean acidification:


Track the Ocean Protection Council

The OPC meets four times per year, and is eager to hear from the public. To track the OPC’s actions, and get involved visit, or contact Jennifer Phillips, Policy Advisor, at