Tomales Bay Mooring Program

vessels along the shore of tomales bay

The California State Lands Commission (CSLC), in partnership with the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, is administering the Tomales Bay Mooring Program. This page provides essential information for those who are interested in installing a new mooring on Tomales Bay. Mooring lease applicants are required to submit a CSLC mooring lease application, and provide all required additional information as outlined in the Tomales Bay Mooring Program Requirements. CSLC will accept mooring lease applications from any party interested in applying for a mooring lease within the sovereign lands of Tomales Bay.

The following documents provide necessary information for the mooring lease application process:

1. Mooring Lease Application Guide

2. Tomales Bay Mooring Program Requirements (PDF, 4.5Mb)

3. California State Lands Commission Lease Application (PDF, 111 KB)

4. List of Approved Mooring Contractors

5. Mooring Lease FAQs

Tomales Bay Mooring Program Requirements:

Private vessel moorings in Tomales Bay must meet all standards outlined in the Tomales Bay Mooring Program Requirements (PDF, 4.5Mb). It includes all criteria and requirements for private vessel moorings in Tomales Bay. This document should be used as the main source of information for potential Tomales Bay mooring lease applicants and mooring owners. Topics outlined in this document include:

• An overview of the Mooring Program and the purpose and need for the Program;

• An explanation of Program applicability and exemptions;

• California State Lands Commission Mooring Program lease requirements;

• Special conditions for Tomales Bay mooring leases;

• Mooring siting criteria and requirements for the location of moorings;

• Mooring tackle requirements;

• Mooring inspection and maintenance requirements;

• Information on the California State Lands Commission mooring lease application process and information submittal requirements;

• Mooring installation and positioning;

• Provisions for termination of California State Lands Commission mooring lease, and;

• Compliance monitoring and enforcement.

California State Lands Commission Lease Application

A California State Lands Commission lease is required for all private vessel moorings on Tomales Bay. GFNMS and CSLC have developed a Mooring Lease Application Guide to provide additional instructions for potential mooring lease applicants.

The lease application is only available through the California State Lands Commission. You can obtain a copy of the California State Lands Commission Lease Application (PDF, 111 KB), or can request a hard copy by contacting:

Nick Lavoie, Public Land Manager
California State Lands Commission
Nicholas.Lavoie@slc.ca.gov
(916) 574-0452

Public Process

Throughout the process to develop the Draft Tomales Bay Vessel Management Plan, GFNMS and CSLC were committed to engaging boaters and the local community in providing input for the development of the plan. To that end, Greater Farallones Sanctuary Advisory Council initiated a Working Group for Tomales Bay Vessel Management. The Working Group consisted of representatives of boating associations, shellfish growers, commercial fishermen, boat services operations, conservation organizations, shore-side property owners, and state and federal agencies with jurisdiction in Tomales Bay.

GFNMS and CSLC would like to thank the following Working Group participants for their contributions to the development of the Plan:

  • Dominique Richard, Chair, GFNMS Advisory Council
  • Colin Smith, National Park Service
  • Nanci Smith, State Lands Commission
  • Tom Moore, Dept. of Fish and Game
  • Jerry Abbot, Inverness Yacht Club
  • Mark Bartolini, Tomales Bay Boaters Association
  • George Clyde, East Shore Planning Group
  • John Finger, Hog Island Oyster Company
  • Fred Smith, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin
  • Gordon Bennett, Sierra Club
  • Willy Vogler, Lawson's Landing
  • Gene Maffucci, Herring Fishman
  • Skip Vilicich, Marshall Boat Works
  • Jeremy Fisher-Smith, Fisher-Smith Boat Works

Summaries of Working Group Meetings:

 

Tomales Bay Interactive Map

A layered PDF was developed by GFNMS staff as a complement to the Draft Plan to provide a geographic context and visual representation of the proposed Tomales Bay Mooring Program criteria and other boating-related resources on the bay. This user-friendly interactive map enables the viewer to overlay several different map layers and to determine the geographic coordinates of specific locations without the use of specialized software. A revised version of the interactive map is being developed and will be available soon.

 

Previous Documents & Presentations

Vessel Usage Scoping Document

In 2007, GFNMS and CSLC produced the document, "Protecting Tomales Bay by Managing Vessel Usage: A Document for Public Input." The document was a result of a multi-agency effort to coordinate current and future vessel-related activities to improve water quality, protect wildlife and habitat, and protect public health and ensure recreational opportunities in Tomales Bay. The document presented activities currently being implemented by the participating agencies as well as proposed concepts for vessel management. The purpose of this document was to solicit vessel management recommendations from individuals and organizations in the local community and users of Tomales Bay to protect the ecosystem and public health in the bay. The document was released for a 60-day comment period and two "brainstorming" workshops were held.

Download the Draft Vessel Management Plan - EA/IS, released Aug. 23, 2012 (PDF, 3Mb)

Download the Notice of Intent (PDF, 135Kb)

Protecting Tomales Bay by Managing Vessel Usage: A Document for Public Input 2007 (26.2 MB PDF)
Appendix I: Government Agency Jurisdiction and Regulation (352 KB PDF)
Appendix II: Tomales Bay TMDL (72 KB PDF)
Appendix III: Mooring Criteria-GIS Information for Maps (24 KB PDF)

View response to Public Comments
2008 (176 KB PDF)

Presentation by Suzanne Olyarnik, Bodega Marine Lab: Seagrass Beds in Tomales Bay: The Unsung Heroes of Habitat (20.9MB PDF)