Searchable Tool for Ocean and Coastal Climate Change Funding Opportunities Now Available


September 30, 2015 - The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) Climate Change Action Coordination Team, with support and funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Ocean Partnership Funding Program, has developed a searchable resource to identify funding opportunities pertaining to climate change including sea-level rise, coastal hazards, and other pertinent issues. You can read the full announcement here. 


West Coast Governors Alliance Launches New Tools to Help Coastal Managers and Stakeholders
Understand and Plan for Impacts of Marine Debris


December 17, 2014 - The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health is pleased to announce new data and tools available via the West Coast Ocean Data Portal to assist coastal managers and stakeholders to view and explore geospatial data about marine debris cleanup and prevention efforts in our region’s coastal waterways. You can visit to begin exploring! You can read the full announcements here. 


West Coast Governors' Comments on Preparation of 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program


August 6, 2014 - The West Coast Governors have provided comments on the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program to Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Citing the economic, biological, and cultural importance of the West Coast as well as the regions own committment to clean energy alternatives, the three Governor's are unanimously asking that no new oil and gas leases be made available in the coming program. You can read the full letter here. 


WCGA receives prestigious technology leadership award for work on West Coast Ocean Data Portal


July 16, 2014 - May 13, 2014 - Last week the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) was awarded the Oceans Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award in recognition of their work to develop the West Coast Ocean Data Portal (WCODP) ( The portal increases access and connectivity of West Coast ocean data and people to facilitate regional ocean management, policy development, and planning. The award is presented by Esri, a leading Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software company, in recognition of the WCGA’s leadership, contribution and innovation in advancing ocean health and awareness using GIS technology.


You can read the full press release here. For any questions, please contact Todd Hallenbeck at

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 ( 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. 


You can read the full press release here. For any questions, please contact Todd Hallenbeck at


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. 


For the full announcement click here.   For any questions, please contact Todd Hallenbeck at

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.


For the full announcment click here.  For a copy of the Marine Debris stratgey click here


For any questions, please contact Amanda Sackett at


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. 


She can be contacted at, or at (858) 754-8826. 

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


Click here for the full announcement.


Third National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium Report Now Available


June 30, 2013 - 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.