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California and the World Ocean '10 Conference Library
November 29, 2010: The Natural Resources Agency and the Ocean Protection Council announced that the California and the World Ocean conference (CW0 '10) lives on through an Internet based video, photo, and presentation library. The library, which includes complete video recordings for 62 of the 64 concurrent sessions and four plenary sessions, PowerPoint presentations, and photographs taken throughout conference events, can be viewed at:

CWO '10 brought together over 800 experts throughout California, the United States, and the international community to present on ocean and coastal resource management issues facing California, other states, or nations. Presentations made at conference concurrent sessions included emerging topics such as climate change impacts, marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, regional ocean governance, and renewable offshore energy, among other important topics.

State of the State's Wetlands Report
October 18, 2010: The California Natural Resources Agency released the second State of the State's Wetland report which summarizes the progress made by many state agencies, public and private partnerships, and the federal government to protect, restore, and monitor California's diverse wetland resources from 1999 through 2009. The report and a cover memo from Secretary for Natural Resources Lester Snow can be downloaded at:

California Ocean Resources Management Act
The California Ocean Resources Management Act (CORMA) of 1990 created the Ocean Resources Management Program to coordinate the policies of state departments with jurisdiction over ocean and coastal resources, coordinate state agency management of ocean resources with local government, and ensure effective participation in federal planning and management. The 1991 amendments to CORMA transferred all non-statutory responsibility for marine and coastal resource management programs to the Secretary for Resources.

The Ocean Resources Management Program works on the following issues:
(click on each for more information)

Governor Schwarzenegger's Ocean Action Plan
Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health
Thank You Ocean Public Awareness Campaign
Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW)
Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP)
California and the World Ocean (CWO) Conferences

Governor Schwarzenegger's Ocean Action Plan
The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission have documented that our nation's oceans and coastlines are in trouble and developed recommendations for improvement. In response, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released one of the most forward-looking state ocean action plans in the nation, Protecting Our Ocean: California's Action Strategy.
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Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
The 1999 MLPA directed the state to design and manage a network of marine protected areas in order to, among other things, protect marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems, and marine natural heritage, as well as improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems. The California Resources Agency and California Department of Fish and Game are partnering with the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation and others in a new initiative to achieve the MLPA goals. Read more about the initiative here:

West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health
An agreement between the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington commits all three states to work together on coastal and ocean resource management. The Final Action Plan was released July 2008. The Plan and additional information can be found at:

Thank You Ocean Public Awareness Campaign
The California Resources Agency and NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program launched the Thank You Ocean public awareness campaign in 2006 to encourage public involvement and provide information about how to help protect Pacific Ocean's health and resources. Additionally, Governor Schwarzenegger declared June 8, 2007 as Thank You Ocean Day. Please visit: for more information

Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW)
The workgroup facilitates regional approaches to protecting, enhancing and restoring California's coastal beaches and watersheds through federal, state and local cooperative efforts. Find out more about CSMW by visiting:

Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP)
The federal 2005 Energy Policy Act made available to the State of California $20 million from the federal Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) for mitigating the impacts of offshore oil and gas development.

California and the World Ocean (CWO) Conferences
The first California and the World Ocean (CWO) Conference was held in 1964 at the direction of Governor Pat Brown. The CWO conferences bring together representatives from government, academia, industry, and the public to positively influence the course of ocean and coastal protection. The conference emphasizes the need for California, other states, and even other countries to move from planning for future action, to taking action.

The most recent conference (CWO '10) was held during September 7-10, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Information regarding CWO '10 can be found at:
Information regarding CWO '06 can be found at:
Information regarding CWO '02 may be found at:

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