We protect the wildlife, habitats, and cultural resources 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, and support an abundance of life, including many threatened or endangered species.
SANCTUARY EVENT: Sharktoberfest - Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, 11am-4pm
Beyond the Golden Gate Research Symposium: Dec 1, 2016 - Register Now!
Join us for a day of presentations by researchers studying the extraordinary marine life, oceanography and geology of the central San Francisco Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, Bodega Bay and Cordell Bank regions and adjacent waters between Point Arena and Point Año. Registration and Call for Abstracts are now open.
Sanctuary Exploration: Shipwrecks, Rocky Banks and Corals
The Exploration Vessel Nautilus team explored Greater Farallones and northern Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries from Aug 18-28, 2016. Dives occurred at two shipwrecks, the SS Dorothy Wintermote west of Gualala-Pt. Arena, and the USS Independence west of Half Moon Bay. Working 24/7, expedition scientists conducted exploratory dives and mapped the deep coral reefs in areas west of Point Arena, the Farallon Escarpment and in Pioneer Canyon. Video was streamed live at nautiluslive.org, and public events were held at the Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences.
Maritime Heritage: Sonoma Coast Doghole Port Project, Aug 1-9, 2016
The Sonoma Coast Doghole Port Project surveyed 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 documented 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.
NOAA 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 in 2015. NOAA also revised the corresponding sanctuary terms of designation and management plans. Read the final documents. GFNMS changed its name to Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in 2016.
The Greater Farallones Association (GFA) 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.