The Commission embraces collaboration with federal, state, regional, and local governments and with academic and environmental organizations. Through our collective efforts, the Commission is better positioned to be effective in protecting California’s natural resources and ensuring sustainable development and appropriate use of public trust lands and resources. Successful partnerships also better position the Commission to address emerging challenges such as sea-level rise and climate change.

The Commission is a member of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, which is planning for future renewable wind and wave energy development opportunities in federal offshore waters along the Pacific Coast. It is also a member of the West Coast Regional Planning Body, a partnership of federally-recognized tribes, the states of Washington, Oregon, and California, and federal agencies focused on implementing the U.S. National Ocean Policy.

The Commission partners with the California Natural Resources Agency, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, State Coastal Conservancy, Department of Parks and Recreation, federal Bureau of Land Management, federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Commission is a member of the California Coastal Commission, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Ocean Protection Council, Delta Protection Commission, Baldwin Hills Conservancy,  San Joaquin River Conservancy, and the Lower American River Conservancy. The Commission is a signatory to cooperative interagency agreements, including the agreement for the implementation of the California network of marine protected areas, agreement for the development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, and the San Francisco Bay Materials Management Program. It is also a member of the Marine Protected Area Statewide Leadership Team.

The San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership is a collaborative pilot project between the State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego that centers on Public Trust uses in the ocean space offshore San Diego County, including commerce, navigation, recreation, fishing, and environmental stewardship. In 2018, a preliminary assessment report providing an objective summary of stakeholder perspectives on how the San Diego ocean space is used, challenges with those uses, and how the ocean planning process should be managed. We also developed and released, in early 2019, a web mapping application. This is an interactive, public-facing, web-based mapping tool that allows the public to view multiple ocean and coastal-related data layers in one place.

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The Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team Working Group for Marine Protected Areas has released two scientific reports that will support informed management and evaluation of the State’s MPA Network.

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