Legislative Briefings and Expert Panels

As part of its on-going efforts to provide the State with the scientific information it requires to manage California’s extraordinary marine environment, COAST convenes legislative briefings and expert panels regularly in Sacramento. These events provide the legislature, state agencies and non-governmental organizations with the best available science for informed decision-making. More on the briefing and panel selection process.


Artificial Reefs: The State of the Science in California
Legislative Briefing, June 12, 2018, Sacramento

Dr. Jeremy Claisse, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Milton Love, UC Santa Barbara
Ms. Becky Ota, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Dr. Mark Steele, CSU Northridge

The Future of Fish: Trade-offs Associated with California's Seafood
California Ocean Day Luncheon, February 20, 2018, Sacramento

Dr. Mike Graham, Moss Landing Marine Labs, San Jose State University
Dr. James Lindholm, CSU Monterey Bay
Dr. Dale Squires, UC San Diego

Coastal Monitoring: Ocean Changes and the California Coastline
Assembly Select Committee On Coastal Protection and Access to Natural Resources Informational Hearing, June 7, 2017, Sacramento

Assemblymember Mark Stone, California State Assembly
Dr. Mark Carr, UC Santa Cruz
Ms. Cyndi Dawson, Ocean Protection Council
Dr. James Lindholm, CSU Monterey Bay
Dr. Selena McMillan, Reef Check California
Dr. Karina Nielsen, San Francisco State University
Dr. Pete Raimondi, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Offshore Wind Energy Production in California
Legislative Briefing, March 14, 2017, Sacramento

Ms. Sandy Aylesworth, Natural Resources Defense Council
Commissioner Karen Douglas, Califo​rnia Energy Commission
Ms. Jenn Eckerle, Ocean Protection Council
Dr. Benjamin Ruttenberg, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Living Shorelines: Nature-Based Coastal Protection
California Ocean Day Luncheon, March 14, 2017, Sacramento

​​Dr. Katharyn Boyer, San Francisco State University
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, California State Assembly
Ms. Mary Small, ​California Coastal Conservancy

Ocean Aquaculture in California: Status and Opportunities
California Ocean Day Luncheon, March 15, 2016, Sacramento

Secretary John Laird, California Natural Resources Agency
Dr. Michael Lee, CSU East Bay​
​Ms. Diane Windham, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Regional Coordinator, California                                                         

It’s a Small World After All: How Ships Move Biological Species Around the World and How Risks Are Managed
California Ocean Day Luncheon, March 24, 2015, Sacramen​to

Mr. Christopher Scianni, California State Lands Commission 
Dr. Nick Welschmeyer, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University

Multi-tasking in the Marine Environment: How Marine Organisms are Dealing with Multiple Sources of Stress
California Ocean Day Luncheon, March 24, 2014, Sacramento

Ms. Cat Kuhlman, Ocean Protection Council
Dr. Karina Nielsen, Sonoma State University
Dr. Anne Todgham, San Francisco State University and UC Davis


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
California Ocean Day Luncheon, April 16, 2013, Sacramento

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

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Marine Environment
California Ocean Day Luncheon, March 26, 2012, Sacramento

Dr. Kevin Kelley, CSU Long Beach
Dr. Keith Maruya, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Collaborative Fisheries Research: Stakeholder Perspectives
Informational Briefing, November 17, 2010, Sacramento

Mr. Michael Bell, The Nature Conservancy
Mr. Tom Mattusch, Recreational Fisherman
Mr. Tim Maricich, Commercial Fisherman

Collaborative Fisheries Research: Supporting California's Information Needs
Informational Briefing, September 21, 2010, Sacramento 

Dr. James Lindholm, CSU Monterey Bay
Dr. Rick Starr, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University
Dr. Dean Wendt, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo