Protecting Our Oceans
Since 1972, vast tracts of our nation's oceans and coastal waters
have been set aside as National Marine Sanctuaries. The San Francisco
Area is fortunate to be surrounded by three of the 13
sanctuaries—Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. While federal law protects these waters,
federal funds to study their health and inhabitants are limited. At
the same time, human population growth puts increasing pressure on the
ocean and its resources. This means that the safeguarding of our
marine sanctuaries has become an even more vital necessity.
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is a non-profit
membership organization created to increase public appreciation and
guardianship of our ocean wilderness.
FMSA's mission is:
To protect the unique ocean environment beyond the Golden Gate, in partnership with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, through education, outreach and stewardship.
Private contributions support FMSA programs in which volunteers from
the community work in collaboration with marine sanctuary staff.
This unique partnership helps expand and strengthen the Sanctuary
mission of ocean protection, research, careful resource management,
and public education.
1972: Vast tracks of ocean waters set aside
as National Marine Sanctuaries
1981: 1,200 square miles of open ocean and coastal waters are
designated as the GFNMS
1991: The Sanctuary takes over management of recently
designated (1989) Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
1991: The Sanctuary celebrates its ten-year anniversary
1992: The Sanctuary moves to new offices at the old Coast
Guard Building at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation
1993: Beach Watch, a volunteer based shoreline monitoring program,
is the first volunteer program in the DOC and the NMSS
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