California Public Resources Code
(a) The California Ocean Protection Trust Fund is established in the State Treasury.
(b) Moneys deposited in the fund may be expended, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for both of the following:
(1) Projects and activities authorized by the council consistent with Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 35600).
(2) Upon authorization by the council, for grants or loans to public agencies, nonprofit corporations, or private entities for, or direct expenditures on, projects or activities that do one or more of the following:
(A) Eliminate or reduce threats to coastal and ocean ecosystems, habitats, and species.
(B) Foster sustainable fisheries, including development of more selective fishing gear, collaborative research and demonstration projects between persons who fish commercially and scientists, promotion of value-added wild fisheries to offset economic losses attributable to reduced fishing opportunities, and the creation of revolving loan programs for the purpose of implementing sustainable fishery projects.
(C) Improve coastal water quality.
(D) Allow for increased public access to, and enjoyment of, ocean and coastal resources, consistent with sustainable, long-term protection and conservation of those resources.
(E) Improve management, conservation, and protection of coastal waters and ocean ecosystems.
(F) Provide monitoring and scientific data to improve state efforts to protect and conserve ocean resources.
(G) Protect, conserve, and restore coastal waters and ocean ecosystems, including any of the following:
(i) Acquisition, installation, and initiation of monitoring and enforcement systems.
(ii) Acquisition from willing sellers of vessels, equipment, licenses, harvest rights, permits, and other rights and property, to reduce threats to ocean ecosystems and resources.
(H) Address coastal water contamination from biological pathogens, including collaborative projects and activities to identify the sources of pathogens and develop detection systems and treatment methods.
(c) Grants or loans may be made to a private entity pursuant to this section only for projects or activities that further public purposes consistent with Sections 35510 and 35515.