In 2013 the Legislature established the Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) within the Office of the Governor with duties related to ocean acidification. The MRAC is charged with:
The MRAC is chaired by a designee of the Governor. The MRAC membership is specified to include 23 voting members, including representatives of the House of Representatives, Senate, state agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, fishing groups, marine tourism and conservation groups, and agricultural and business organizations. The Governor is also directed to invite the participation of the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and academic institutions as nonvoting members of the MRAC. The MRAC must meet at least twice per year and provide opportunities at its meetings for public comment.
The MRAC was originally created as a temporary council slated to expire on June 30, 2017. In 2016, the expiration date of the MRAC was extended until June 30, 2022.
The expiration date of the Marine Resources Advisory Council is extended until June 30, 2032.