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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

Tanker vessel Lyman Stewart stranded at Lands End

Discover maritime history!

Sep 2014

Discover our sanctuary's hidden treasures - the shipwrecks, their cargo, victims, and stories - in the sanctuary, and in the perilous waters of the Golden Gate. Archaeologists are now exploring some of the roughly 200 ships' skeletons that rest beneath the waves. See pictures and read press release (PDF).

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"Whale Alert" iPad, iPhone app available

Sep 2014

Mariners and the public on the U.S. West Coast can now use an iPad and iPhone to help decrease the risk of injury or death to whales from ship strikes. Visit Whale Alert to get the free app.

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Public Advisory Council Meeting - Aug 20

Aug 2014

The meeting was held at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. View Agenda

Maria Brown

Sanctuary Superintendent Report

Aug 2014

Superintendent Brown reports on sanctuary expansion, Volunteer of the Year, education programs, and more. Read the complete report (PDF)

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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. Visit nomination website or read information flyer (PDF)

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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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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: Wed, September 24, 2014