The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) provides the sanctuary superintendent with advice on a variety of identified priority issues for the sanctuary. The advisory council, through its members, serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary issues and acts as a conduit, relaying the community's interests, concerns, and management needs to the sanctuary. As a community-based body the advisory council members represent public interest groups, local industry, commercial and recreational user groups, academia, conservation groups, government agencies, and the general public. Members serve three-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms in one seat.
The council renewed its charter and added a Mendocino/Sonoma County Community At-Large seat in February, 2016. Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter (1.1 MB PDF).