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.
Sanctuary Exploration: Shipwrecks, Rocky Banks and Corals
From Aug 19-28, 2016, the E/V Nautilus an its ROVs will map and explore shipwrecks and rocky communities from Point Arena south to Pioneer Canyon, diving on USS Independence, a WW II aircraft carrier, rocky banks, and canyons exploring the deep-sea corals, sponges and other sea life that inhabit the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The ROV video feeds will be streamed live online at nautiluslive.org. There will be three, live webcast (telepresence) sessions supported by our partners the Ocean Exploration Trust and the Exploratorium on August 23, 26 and 27, from 1:30-2:00 PM. Tune in online or visit the Exploratorium at that time to see what we discover!
Maritime Heritage: Sonoma Coast Doghole Port Project, Aug 1-9, 2016
The Sonoma Coast Doghole Port Project will undertake a survey of the submerged and terrestrial archaeological resources associated with northern California’s Redwood Coast lumber trade. The project team from California State Parks and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will document extant visible sites, features, structures, and artifacts to reveal the maritime cultural landscape of the Sonoma coast doghole ports and their role in the region’s history.
Measuring Emissions to Improve Sanctuary Operations
As part of the sanctuary's mission to reduce its carbon footprint, in 2008 it developed a Green Operations Plan (PDF, 550KB), and began conducting an annual emissions inventory to measure energy, transportation, waste and water use at the sanctuary campus on Crissy Field. Emission reduction targets were included in the Green Operations Plan for the year 2015 and 2020. The sanctuary met its reduction targets for transportation and energy emissions in 2015, but failed to meet its targets for waste and water emissions. Further reductions are targeted for 2020. The sanctuary is prioritizing future actions and facility investments based on 2020 emission targets. See this presentation for more information.
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.
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.