West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health
Welcome from the Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington
California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. (left), Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (center), and Washington Governor Jay Inslee (right) participate in the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health to address critical ocean and coastal protection management issues facing all three states.
Our oceans are home to a great diversity of marine life and clean beaches, and oceans are vital to West Coast fishing communities, recreation and tourism. We know that isolated local efforts cannot adequately address the breadth of degradation to our oceans. By cooperating, our three states will combine our resources and influence to make a real difference in the fight to clean and protect the oceans.
- Former Governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire
WCGA Launches New Website To Increase Access And Discovery Of Critical Ocean and Coastal Data For The West Coast
Jan. 21, 2014 - The WCGA is pleased to announce the launch of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal (http://portal.westcoastoceans.org/). The Portal will help coastal managers, researchers, and the general public to access and discover data relevant to West Coast ocean resource management, policy development, and marine planning. The Portal represents a catalog of curated ocean and coastal data resources from Washington, Oregon, and California with a focus on providing information at a West Coast scale. The system leverages the work of existing efforts, including State Coastal Atlases and Federal data cataogs, by connecting the community of data providers in a single portal.
WCGA Introduces California Sea Grant Fellow Laura Lilly
November 19, 2013 - The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health is pleased to announce the start of a joint fellowship between the West Coast Governors Alliance, the West Coast Regional Associations of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and California Sea Grant to help integrate complex regional ocean observing data into state and regional resource management, policy development, and ocean planning.
WCGA Announces Release of Marine Debris Strategy
October 9, 2013 - The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) is pleased to announce the release of its Marine Debris Strategy. The Strategy aims to reduce and prevent marine debris on a large scale through addressing topics such as land-based debris, derelict fishing gear, and other cross-cutting issues along the West Coast. The Strategy’s main objectives include: preventing marine debris from entering the ocean or littering beaches; maximizing recovery of marine debris in the ocean or on shore; reducing and preventing the negative impacts of marine debris; and enhancing existing efforts through communication and collaboration among interested parties on the West Coast. The WCGA addresses the global and regional issue of marine debris through coordination activities and its soon to be released Marine Debris Database.
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WCGA Announces New Project Coordinator
August 12, 2013 - The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) is excited to announce that Kim McIntyre has joined the WCGA as the WCGA project Coordinator. Ms. McIntyre has spent much of her career working on ocean science, environmental law and policy issues. In her new position, she will manage WCGA region-wide initiatives and operations.
“Kim brings a wealth of experience in managing ocean and climate policy efforts to the regional ocean partnership,” said Cat Kuhlman, Deputy Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Matters at the California Natural Resources Agency “We are thrilled to have her join the WCGA team.” Ms. McIntyre has worked on marine conservation and coastal issues for the past fifteen years. Most recently she was the program manager at the UC San Diego-based Sustainability Solutions Institute where she was responsible for establishing and managing programs designed to position the UCSD campus at the forefront of major international collaborative initiatives in global ocean, earth, and sustainability programs. This work included three projects in Venice, Italy to oversee and coordinate the sustainable management of the Venice Lagoon in the face of climate change. Ms. McIntyre has a JD from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law with an Environmental Law Certificate with a focus on ocean and coastal law, and holds an Master’s degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
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WCGA Announces Work on Marine Debris Data Portal
October 1, 2013 - The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) is pleased to announce that it has selected a contractor to begin work on developing data visualization and analysis tools to support the needs of the marine debris community on the West Coast. These needs involve visualizing the sources, sinks, and transport of marine debris in our coastal areas to monitor baseline debris accumulation, prioritize cleanup activities, and provide quantifiable evidence to advocate for policy actions. Marine debris is a global, as well as regional issue important to the West Coast that the WCGA has worked to address through coordination activities and the development of the Marine Debris Database.
The project is to begin this month, working with marine debris practitioners and experts to identify the specific questions and typical uses of such a system. If you wish to learn more, please contact Todd Hallenbeck at Todd.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium Report Now Available
In March 2013, nearly 300 people from a wide range of fields gathered at the Third National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium in Tacoma, Washington, to share ideas and information about working waterfronts. Coming from all coastal areas of the United States, participants represented the full spectrum of waterfront interests and shared a common concern for working waterfronts large and small. The 2013 symposium built upon ideas and suggestions gleaned from its two predecessors, held in 2007 and 2010.
Click here for the full report.
Links to ocean information: | National Ocean Council| National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Bureau of Ocean Energy Management | US Environmental Protection Agency | Integrated Ocean Observing Systems | National Sea Grant | Ocean Literacy |