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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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Drifters: Plankton & Plastic Pollution

Jul 2014

Drifters: Plankton & Plastic Pollution is an exploration of the weird and wonderful world of plankton in the waters just off Crissy Field. Plankton aren't the only drifters in our waters. Learn about mysterious plastic "nurdles" right at Crissy Field. August 2nd, 10-11:30 am.

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Get Into Your Sanctuary Day - Aug 2, 2014

Jul 2014

West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries launch Get into Your Sanctuary Campaign to increase awareness of sustainable tourism and recreation opportunities within West Coast sanctuaries, and for visitors to share their experiences through social media. GFNMS visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, kayaking, wildlife watching, tide pooling, or playing on the beach. Read More

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NOAA Re-establishes Sanctuary Nomination Process

Jun 2014

For the first time in two decades, NOAA invites communities across the nation to nominate their most treasured places in our marine and Great Lakes waters for consideration as national marine sanctuaries. Read More

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Proposed Sanctuary Expansion

Jun 2014

NOAA solicited public comment from Apr 14 - Jun 30, 2014 on a proposal to expand Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank sanctuaries. Read the draft documents and comments.

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Introduced Species Regulation

Mar 2014

The public comment period has closed (Mar 26 - May 5, 2014) 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, or review the comments that were submitted.

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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: Fri, July 25, 2014