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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. Read about sanctuary expansion. Discover more about the sanctuary by diving into this website, reading "What's New" below, or liking us on Facebook. Support us by joining the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA).

What's New

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Sanctuary Expansion

Mar 2015

NOAA is expanding Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank sanctuaries. Read the final documents.

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Introduced Species Regulation

Feb 2015

NOAA published the final rule on Feb 19, 2015 to modify introduced species regulations in Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries. Read the Final Rule.

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Apply for Sanctuary Advisory Council - Open Recruitment

Feb 2015

The Sanctuary Advisory Council is looking for community-at-large San Francisco/San Mateo (primary); conservation (primary and alternate); and maritime activities/ commercial (primary and alternate). Applications are due by March 31, 2015. Apply Today!

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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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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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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, March 27, 2015