The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council advises the sanctuary superintendent on priority issues and connects local communities with the sanctuary. The Advisory Council provides an opportunity for information exchange on issues affecting the health of the sanctuary. Members represent a variety of interests, from fishing to science to conservation. Members serve two to three year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms in one seat. Meetings of the council are open to the public and provide a place where community interests, support, and concerns are heard.
The council amended its charter and added a new Commercial Fishing seat in October 2018. Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter (1.1 MB PDF).
The Sanctuary Advisory Council forms working groups to address sanctuary issues and to provide recommendations for management strategies. Working groups consist of a variety of stakeholders such as scientists, researchers, community members, governmental and non-governmental agencies. Past working groups have addressed climate-smart conservation, low overflights, sediment management, and kelp recovery. In 2019 the Advisory Council is partnering with Marin County to host a Native Oyster Restoration Working Group for Tomales Bay.