Sanctuary Regulations

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Full text of the modified and new Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Final Regulations (PDF, 82KB) are posted in the Federal Register (Vol. 80, No. 48; March 12, 2015) as the Final Rule (PDF, 318KB), effective Jun. 9, 2015.

As part of the expansion of the sanctuary, new regulations have been created to help protect and manage the area from Bodega Bay in Sonoma County to Manchester Beach (at Latitude 39 North) a few miles north of the Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino County (excluding Arena Cove and all rivers and estuaries), including both state and federal waters. In addition, some modifications have also been made to existing regulations within the previous Greater Farallones sanctuary boundaries. These changes are intended to clarify and strengthen protections for marine habitats, sensitive species, water quality, and submerged cultural and historic resources. This listing only includes regulations established under the federal National Marine Sanctuary Act (NMSA). Other activities may also be regulated within the Sanctuary under other local, state or federal authorities and regulations.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) accepts permit applications for Research, Education and Salvage.