We protect the wildlife, habitats, and cultural resources of one of the most diverse and bountiful marine environments in the world, an area of 3,295 square miles off the northern and central California coast. The waters within Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are a nationally significant marine ecosystem, and support an abundance of life, including many threatened and endangered species.
Seasons of the Sea: Upwelling (March - August)
Brisk spring winds churn up cold, nutrient-rich waters from the deep ocean, and sunlight sparks photosynthesis in microscopic sea plants. Tiny animals feed on them, and in turn become food for fish, seabirds, sharks and whales. Seabirds breed in raucous colonies on islands and cliffs, and giant whales move in to feast on fish and krill. The Pacific High pressure system holds storms at bay, sometimes shrouding the coast in fog. This is prime seabird nesting season at the Farallon Islands, and dinnertime for hungry humpbacks and blue whales in surrounding sanctuary waters. Get into your sanctuary!
EXPLORATION: Coastal Wildlife Walk;
Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:00am-1:00pm
Explore the breathtaking beauty of the wild north coast at Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands with Farallones sanctuary naturalists and wildlife experts! In spring, seabirds are starting to nest on these cliffs and jagged rocks, and flocks of shorebirds are stopping en route north. Take in panoramas that may include gray whales with newborn calves, traveling slowly as they round the historic Point Arena Lighthouse. Pack a picnic lunch, and learn how and why these lands and waters are federally protected, and about our Beach Watch citizen science program that is monitoring these shores. Space is limited, registration required! Contact email@example.com to reserve a spot.
EVENT: OCTOPUS SOIRÉE!
Saturday, April 8th, 2017; 7-9:30pm, San Francisco Zoo
A SCIENCE & ART CELEBRATION OF THE AWESOME OCTOPUS. Marvel at one of the most unique and bizarre animals on Earth! Octopuses are aces at camouflage, squeezing into tiny places, and capturing all types of prey. In her 8pm talk Jenny Hofmeister, Ph.D. of Scripps Institution on Oceanography will share her latest research and describe the role this master manipulator plays in our California Current ecosystem. Tickets $20 - Free Parking at the Zoo! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Age minimum 16, space is limited.
EXPLORATION: Gray Whale Watching;
Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00am-12:00pm
Witness the mighty gray whale migration on this naturalist led half-day cruise. We “join” their annual northbound migration through our marine sanctuaries as they travel from Baja California breeding grounds to their Arctic feeding grounds with their calves. Learn about their natural history, their recovery from near extinction, and the survival challenges posed by their roughly 12,000 mile round-trip journey. Discover the natural history and adaptations of the seabirds, porpoises, seals and sea lions we encounter. Space is limited, registration required! Contact email@example.com to reserve a spot.
NOAA moves to conserve shipwrecks in two new sanctuaries
Public invited to comment on proposals for Mallows Bay - Potomac River and Wisconsin - Lake Michigan national marine sanctuaries by March 31, 2017.
NOAA expanded the boundaries of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) to an area north and west of their old boundaries, and amended and added new regulations in 2015. NOAA also revised the corresponding sanctuary terms of designation and management plans. Read the final documents. GFNMS changed its name to Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in 2016.
The Greater Farallones Association (GFA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary habitats and wildlife through the development of a diverse community of informed and active ocean stewards.