The Tomales Bay Mooring Program requires that all installations, inspection and maintenance of private vessel moorings on the bay be conducted by an approved mooring services contractor. Private mooring owners must utilize a contractor from this list of mooring services providers when conducting installations, inspections and repairs/maintenance of private moorings.
*Be sure to check the list at this location each time you need service from a mooring contractor to ensure you have the most recent list of approved mooring contractors.
The following individuals/businesses are currently approved mooring contractors:
Required Mooring Contractor Forms
- Prospective contractors must complete the Approved Mooring Contractor Application form (PDF, 127 KB).
- All mooring lease applicants must submit the Pre-installation Mooring Proposal form (PDF, 515 KB) with their lease application.
- Within 30 days of a new mooring installation, all lessees must submit the Post Mooring Installation form (PDF, 48 KB) to California State Lands Commission).
- The mooring lessee or contractor must annually submit the Annual Mooring Inspection form (PDF, 91 KB) to California State Lands Commission within 30 days after inspection.
Throughout the process to develop the Draft Tomales Bay Vessel Management Plan, GFNMS and CSLC were committed to engaging boaters and the local community in providing input for the development of the plan. To that end, Greater Farallones Sanctuary Advisory Council initiated a Working Group for Tomales Bay Vessel Management. The Working Group consisted of representatives of boating associations, shellfish growers, commercial fishermen, boat services operations, conservation organizations, shore-side property owners, and state and federal agencies with jurisdiction in Tomales Bay.
GFNMS and CSLC would like to thank the following Working Group participants for their contributions to the development of the Plan:
- Dominique Richard, Chair, GFNMS Advisory Council
- Colin Smith, National Park Service
- Nanci Smith, State Lands Commission
- Tom Moore, Dept. of Fish and Game
- Jerry Abbot, Inverness Yacht Club
- Mark Bartolini, Tomales Bay Boaters Association
- George Clyde, East Shore Planning Group
- John Finger, Hog Island Oyster Company
- Fred Smith, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin
- Gordon Bennett, Sierra Club
- Willy Vogler, Lawson's Landing
- Gene Maffucci, Herring Fishman
- Skip Vilicich, Marshall Boat Works
- Jeremy Fisher-Smith, Fisher-Smith Boat Works
Summaries of Working Group Meetings:
- March 27, 2008 (28Kb PDF)
- June 27, 2008 (28 kB PDF).
- July 24, 2008 (56 kB PDF).
- October 30, 2008 (76Kb PDF).
- November 12, 2008 (176Kb PDF).
Tomales Bay Interactive Map
A layered PDF was developed by GFNMS staff as a complement to the Draft Plan to provide a geographic context and visual representation of the proposed Tomales Bay Mooring Program criteria and other boating-related resources on the bay. This user-friendly interactive map enables the viewer to overlay several different map layers and to determine the geographic coordinates of specific locations without the use of specialized software. A revised version of the interactive map is being developed and will be available soon.
Previous Documents & Presentations
Vessel Usage Scoping Document
In 2007, GFNMS and CSLC produced the document, "Protecting Tomales Bay by Managing Vessel Usage: A Document for Public Input." The document was a result of a multi-agency effort to coordinate current and future vessel-related activities to improve water quality, protect wildlife and habitat, and protect public health and ensure recreational opportunities in Tomales Bay. The document presented activities currently being implemented by the participating agencies as well as proposed concepts for vessel management. The purpose of this document was to solicit vessel management recommendations from individuals and organizations in the local community and users of Tomales Bay to protect the ecosystem and public health in the bay. The document was released for a 60-day comment period and two "brainstorming" workshops were held.
Download the Draft Vessel Management Plan - EA/IS, released Aug. 23, 2012 (PDF, 3Mb)
Download the Notice of Intent (PDF, 135Kb)
Protecting Tomales Bay by Managing Vessel Usage: A Document for Public Input 2007 (26.2 MB PDF)
Appendix I: Government Agency Jurisdiction and Regulation (352 KB PDF)
Appendix II: Tomales Bay TMDL (72 KB PDF)
Appendix III: Mooring Criteria-GIS Information for Maps (24 KB PDF)
View response to Public Comments 2008 (176 KB PDF)
Presentation by Suzanne Olyarnik, Bodega Marine Lab: Seagrass Beds in Tomales Bay: The Unsung Heroes of Habitat (20.9MB PDF)