• Preventing ocean pollution

• The Success of California’s Marine Life Protection Act: retrospective and next steps

• Climate change impacts to California’s ocean and coast


To learn more, contact Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate:

Phone: (916) 446-8062 ext. 304


Ocean Day Luncheon

April 16 2013 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

A New Foundation for the Adaptive Management of California's Marine Protected Areas
How baseline MPA characterization has set the stage for cost-effective and partnership-based ongoing monitoring programs

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Liz Whiteman, California Ocean Science Trust and MPA Monitoring Enterprise
Dr. Dean Wendt, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Dr. James Lindholm, California State University Monterey Bay

CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Hosted by the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST).
Space is limited, please RSVP to by 4/10/2013.


2007: When Environment California started hosting Ocean Day in 2007 it was only a skeleton of the full-fledged event that it has become. The first Oceans Day included a film screening on Marine Life Protected Areas at the Crest Theater. Guests Secretary John Laird and Senator Fran Pavley received special honors.

2008: The 2008 Ocean Day highlights included a luncheon hosted by COMPASS – Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea – where top ocean scientisits presented their cutting edge research on the most pressing ocean issues. Additionally, we held educational meetings with decision-makers throughout the day.

2009: The third annual Ocean Day included a combination of the successful components from previous years as well as some new aspects. Activities included a screening of a documentary by Jean Michel Costeau held at the IMAX theater as well as a miniature interactive aquarium provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Special guests were Jean Michel Costeau, Assemblymen Pedro Nava and Ira Ruskin, and Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi. Another new component was the Ocean Champion Awards which were presented to Klean Kanteen, Senator Fran Pavley and the Executive Director of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Jonathan Bishop. Pertinent issues discussed included plastic pollution and waste management systems. We held 49 educational meetings with decision-makers.

2010: Ocean Day 2010 not only included educational meetings, but also included a new reception. This was the first year that the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosted a Sustainable Seafood Dinner Reception at the Sutter Club where decision-makers and advocates enjoyed an educational program on sustainable seafood.

2011: Fifty-five advocates representing thirty-eight different organizations attended educational meetings with seventy-three decision-makers throughout the day. Experts Bill Craven, Chief Consultant to the Senate and Natural Resources & Water Committee; Dr. Stuart Sandin from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and Dr. Francesco Ferretti from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station discussed the importance of predators to ocean ecosystems during the COMPASS luncheon. The Monterey Bay Aquarium also hosted a Sustainable Seafood Dinner Reception at the Sutter Club where special guests Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Secretary John Laird and Julie Packard spoke of recent ocean victories and the need for more progress in protecting California’s ocean legacy.

2012: The fifth annual Ocean Day was the biggest day since Environment California began hosting the event. Seventy-three ocean health advocates and experts from forty-five different organizations all over California convened in Sacramento at the Capitol to educate and inspire decision makers on our oceans, the threats they face, and how to preserve and protect them for generations to come. Ocean Day 2012 was comprised of four great events: kickoff with Assemblymember Brownley, office visits with members, a lawn event highlighting the value of our oceans, and a CSU COAST’s luncheon and Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Seafood reception.