We protect the wildlife and habitats of one of the most diverse and bountiful marine environments in the world, an area of 3,295 square miles off the northern and central California coast. The waters within Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are part of a nationally significant marine ecosystem. Encompassing a diversity of highly productive marine habitats, the sanctuary supports an abundance of life, including many threatened or endangered species.
Get Into Your Sanctuary: June 25-26, 2016
You’re invited! As a travel destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System. So, we’re going to celebrate ALL of them at the same time, and we want YOU to join us! The weekend of June 25-26th marks our second National "Get into Your Sanctuary" celebration. Please help us spread the word by sharing your favorite sanctuary stories with the hashtag, #ILoveMySanctuary. Find Get Into Your Sanctuary events near you.
SANCTUARY DISCOVERY & VIDEO: Wreck of the USS Conestoga
On March 25, 1921, three years after the end of World War I, the USS Conestoga left Mare Island, California bound for American Samoa. It was never heard from again. For nearly a century, what happened and where the Conestoga and its 56 crew members came to rest remained a mystery. But now, with the discovery of a shipwrecked fleet tug in Greater Farallones sanctuary, we’ve solved this mystery: the Conestoga sank just three miles off Southeast Farallon Island within a day of leaving port. View the video.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED - U.S. Coast Guard Discharges
NOAA accepted public comment from April 21 - May 31, 2016 regarding possible changes in regulations for CBNMS and GFNMS to exempt certain USCG discharges. Public scoping meetings were held from May 10-12, 2016. Visit regulations.gov to review the comments.
JOB POSTING: Advisory Council Coordinator
The sanctuary is recruiting a motivated individual to support our Advisory Council. Read the job announcement (PDF, 30KB).
VIDEO: Fisherman in the Classroom
The Fisherman in the Classroom program invites commercial fishermen from Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary into the classroom to help students understand how they are connected to the ocean. Watch our video to learn more!
NOAA has expanded the boundaries of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) to an area north and west of their old boundaries, and amended and added new regulations. NOAA also revised the corresponding sanctuary terms of designation and management plans. Read the final documents.
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary habitats and wildlife through the development of a diverse community of informed and active ocean stewards.