Greater Farallones

We protect the wildlife and habitats 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 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.

What's New

Sanctuary Expansion

NOAA is expanding the boundaries of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to an area north and west of their current boundaries, as well as amending existing sanctuary regulations and adding new regulations. NOAA is also revising the corresponding sanctuary terms of designation and management plans. Read the final documents.

map showing the boundaries of the greater farallones and cordell bank national marine sanctuaries
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Farallones Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) 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.