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The five jurisdictions of the Pacific Coast Collaborative share nearly 60,000 miles of coastline composed of densely populated urban centers, smaller communities and pristine wilderness. Protecting and enhancing a healthy and vibrant Pacific Ocean and coastal ecosystem is crucial to our sustained economic and environmental well-being, public health, and standard of living on the coast -- the Pacific Ocean is truly the lifeblood of the region!

Following on and supporting the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (Action Plan,  July 2008); the British Columbia - Washington Memorandum of Understanding on Coastal Climate Change Adaptation (June 2008) and the Washington - British Columbia Coastal and Ocean Task Force (June 2007), the Pacific Coast Collaborative is committed to leading the world in sustainable environmental management. 


Regional Best Practices

  • As part of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health, California, Oregon and Washington, and federal partners are working together, along with academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and members and staff from many West Coast tribal governments on 26 bold actions to help combat polluted runoff and reduce marine garbage, prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change, advocate for stricter ocean going vessel emission standards, prevent the introduction of invasive species, explore the feasibility of offshore alternative ocean energy development, improve ocean research and access to regional scientific data and information, increase ocean education and prevent and respond to offshore oil spills, and increase sustainability of coastal communities, among others.
  • In March 2009, a Coastal Experts Workshop brought together Washington and B.C. government policy advisors, local governments, engineers and planners to discuss the latest science and next steps for research and policy related to sea level change.  The initiation of a Coastal Experts Community of Practice was a key outcome of the event.
  • British Columbia supports NEPTUNE Canada, the world's largest cabled seafloor observatory off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The network will gather live data from a rich constellation of instruments deployed in a broad spectrum of undersea environments. Data will be transmitted via high-speed fibre optic communications from the seafloor to an innovative data archival system at the University of Victoria.  Click here to see NEPTUNE footage of life on the ocean floor.
  • On November 14, 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order (EO) S-13-08 to enhance the state's management of climate impacts from sea level rise, increased temperatures, shifting precipitation and extreme weather events.
  • The California Ocean Protection Council was established by the California Ocean Protection Act that Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law in 2004. The Act directs the Ocean Protection Council to work with federal, state and local agencies to better manage California's ocean resources.
  • California's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) directs the state to reevaluate and redesign California's system of marine protected areas (MPAs) to: increase coherence and effectiveness in protecting the state's marine life and habitats, marine ecosystem, and marine natural heritage, as well as to improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems subject to minimal human disturbance.
  • The State of Oregon is in the process of establishing a system of marine reserves along the coast and planning for the siting of marine renewable energy as part of its ocean planning and management activities that will affect the future of our ocean ecosystem and economy.  With a recommendation from Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council and action by the legislature, the state established two pilot reserves and is evaluating four other sites.
  • In Washington State, the Puget Sound Partnership is working to restore a healthy Puget Sound by 2020. They engage elected and public officials, tribal and business leaders, scientists, environmentalists and, most importantly - the public – to work collaboratively to implement and revise the Action Agenda for Puget Sound.  Video
  • On Washington’s Coast, the state fosters coordination and communication on ocean policy and management across agencies, with tribes, and with stakeholders through a variety of mechanisms to implement Washington’s Ocean Action Plan. The state is also taking initial steps to prepare for future implementation of a state law on marine spatial planning.


 News From the Region

March 26, 2014 - B.C. Congratulates Mexico, France for Putting Price on Carbon
VANCOUVER – Environment Minister Mary Polak today congratulated Mexico and France at GLOBE 2014 for putting a price on carbon

December 18, 2013: Action on Ocean Acidification
Further to the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy they signed on October 28, 2013, the leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington have sent the following joint letter to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper seeking enhanced federal coordination, monitoring, and research support to address ocean acidification on the Pacific Coast of North America.

October 28, 2013: British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington join forces to combat climate change
SAN FRANCISCO - The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy today committing their governments, and a region that represents the world’s fifth largest economy, to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy.

August 27, 2013: California Ocean Protection Council Announces West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel
SACRAMENTO -- The California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of Oregon to jointly sponsor a high-level science panel to help address the issue of ocean acidification and hypoxia.... The science panel consists of a team of 20 experts from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia...

June 27, 2013: Premier welcomes President Obama’s strategy to combat climate change
VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat climate change:

June 25, 2013: Governor Brown Issues Statement on President Obama's Action on Climate Change
SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement on President Obama’s climate change plan:

June 25, 2013: Statement from Gov. Inslee on President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution
OLYMPIA - Every day Americans see the impacts of climate change in increasing droughts, wildfires, dangerous storms, ocean acidification, and more.

June 25, 2013: Governor Kitzhaber’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan moves forward
Salem, OR — As part of his efforts to shape Oregon’s energy future, today Governor Kitzhaber held a ceremonial bill signing of legislation that advances key energy and jobs policies outlined in Oregon’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan.“I also want to applaud President Obama for his effort to address climate change at the national level,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “