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.
REQUESTING PUBLIC COMMENT Regarding U.S. Coast Guard Discharges
The Scoping Period is open and the sanctuary is accepting public comments from April 21 - May 31, 2016 regarding possible changes in regulations for CBNMS and GFNMS to exempt certain USCG discharges. Public scoping meetings are scheduled from May 10-12, 2016. Visit regulations.gov to post a comment.
OCEAN CLIMATE SUMMIT: May 17, 2016
The 4th Ocean Climate Summit will be held from 9:00 am - 6:30 pm at the Fort Mason General’s Residence in San Francisco. The goal of the summit is to improve the resilience of the North-central California coast and ocean to climate change through awareness, action, collaboration and leadership. The poster reception will provide an opportunity to learn about the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on local marine ecosystems, and to network with scientists, marine resource managers, decision-makers, and educators.
SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING: May 25, 2016
Join us for our next public meeting of sanctuary stakeholders in Half Moon Bay. The agenda is available here.
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!
SANCTUARY DISCOVERY: 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.
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.