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San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership Releases Final Preliminary Assessment Report

The San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership has released its final Preliminary Assessment Report, which has been accepted by the State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. View the report here.

The San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership was formed by the California State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego in 2016. Driven by public and stakeholder input and data collection, the purpose of the collaborative pilot project is to identify current ocean uses offshore of San Diego County, consider the dynamic and interconnected relationship between those uses and the ocean environment, and leverage that learning to effectively and responsibly inform decision-making for the ocean space. Examples of ocean uses are commerce, navigation, recreation, fisheries, and environmental stewardship – which both partners have responsibility to manage and balance.

The Preliminary Assessment Report summarizes public and stakeholder input and data collection and includes recommendations for possible next steps for the partnership based on that public and stakeholder feedback. 

“The Commission is proud of its collaboration with the Port of San Diego on this truly forward-thinking pilot project that approaches planning from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders,” said State Controller and Commission Chair Betty Yee. “The San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership is building the foundation for robust communication and coordination while incorporating the best available science and data to glean more informed resource management decisions.”

“The San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership has been an incredibly informative process. The ocean is one of our most important resources and by hearing from and building relationships with the San Diego ocean community, we are dedicated to continuing this collaborative partnership in a meaningful way for the good of the ocean and all who rely on and enjoy it,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Port of San Diego Port of Port Commissioners.
The partnership released a draft of the report for public review and feedback in October 2018 before finalizing and publishing the report. 

In addition to the Preliminary Assessment Report, the two partners are developing a Web Mapping Application. This interactive spatial tool will be a user-friendly, web-based mapping application where users can visualize coastal and ocean-related data in one place.

About the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership

The San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership is a collaborative pilot project between the California State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego, each of whom manage and balance Public Trust ocean uses including commerce, navigation, recreation, fisheries, and environmental stewardship. This is a comprehensive, stakeholder-driven process that considers the dynamic and interconnected relationship between the ocean environment and human activity. Through this pilot project, we will gain an understanding of and establish a process to enhance management opportunities to balance the different ocean uses for the state-owned tidelands and submerged lands located in the Pacific Ocean offshore of San Diego County. During the preliminary assessment, our intention is to learn from ocean users and other managers to understand their interests and issue areas and the ocean space itself while focusing on processes that could resolve conflicts and/or potential conflicts. This information may help to improve the process for the State Lands Commission to evaluate proposed lease applications in the ocean space and protect the state’s natural resources.

About the California State Lands Commission

Established in 1938, the Commission manages 4 million acres of tide and submerged lands and the beds of navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits.  These lands, often referred to as sovereign or Public Trust lands, stretch from the Klamath River and Goose Lake in the north to the Tijuana Estuary in the south, and the Colorado River in the east, and from the Pacific Coast 3 miles offshore in the west to world-famous Lake Tahoe, and includes California’s two longest rivers, the Sacrament and San Joaquin.

The Commission protects and enhances these lands and natural resources by issuing leases for use or development, providing public access, resolving boundaries between public and private lands, and implementing regulatory programs to protect state waters from oil spills and invasive species introductions.  The Commission also monitors waterfront and other land granted in trust by the California Legislature to roughly 70 local jurisdictions.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems. Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.