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Welcome to Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

We protect the wildlife and habitats of one of the most diverse and bountiful marine environments in the world, an area of 1,282 square miles off the northern and central California coast. Located just a few miles from San Francisco, the waters within Gulf of the 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. Discover more about the sanctuary by diving into this website, reading "What's New" below, or support us by joining the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA).

What's New

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Lecture: "Orca: The Whale Called Killer" on May 13, 2014

Apr 2014

Erich Hoyt, marine conservationist, whale researcher, and author of more than 20 books, will share compelling stories from his forty years of studying orcas, from his early work in Johnstone Strait to current research in Far East Russia. Event details.

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Comment on Sanctuary Expansion through Jun 30, 2014

Apr 2014

NOAA is soliciting public comment on a proposal to expand Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank sanctuaries. Read the draft documents and provide comment!

Advisory Council Meeting

Attend our Public Advisory Council Meeting on May 1, 2014

Apr 2014

Gulf of the Farallones advisory council will hold a public meeting at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall. View the agenda.

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Comment on Introduced Species Regulation Mar 26 - May 5, 2014

Mar 2014

NOAA has extended public comment on a proposal to modify regulations on the introduction of introduced species into the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries. Read the Federal Register for more information. You can provide comment until May 5, 2014.


Draft White Shark Programmatic Environmental Assessment

Mar 2014

GFNMS has released a Draft White Shark Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA). The 30-day public comment period on the Draft PEA is now closed. GFNMS is currently reviewing all comments and finalizing the document. Once completed, the Final PEA will be available here.

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Sanctuary Superintendent Report

Feb 2014

Superintendent Brown reports on sea star wasting disease, 20-years of Beach Watch, education programs, and more. Read the complete report (PDF)

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Thank You Ocean

The ocean takes care of us; let's return the favor. Visit Thank You Ocean.

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Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary habitats and wildlife through the development of a diverse community of informed and active ocean stewards. Learn More

Last Updated on: Thu, April 24, 2014