Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association protecting our ocean wilderness through public stewardship








Thanks to everyone who attended the Sanctuary Expansion Celebration!



Photos by Matt McIntosh/NOAA


National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Volunteer of the Year


We are pleased to announce that our own Richard Matzinger has been named the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year, for donating hundreds of hours of expert work streamlining data-bases and communication systems for two of the Associations/Sanctuary's programs. "We are thrilled that the Foundation has chosen Richard as their 2015 Awardee - his work is transforming how our programs function and this award is well deserved recognition of his efforts." said FMSA Executive Director Chris Kelley.  The award was presented to Richard in Washington DC in June at the Foundation's annual Ocean Awards gala.  


LiMPETS in the News!



NOAA expands Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries off northern California

Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries off northern California will both more than double in size following a final rule released March 12, 2015 by NOAA. The expansion will help to protect the region’s marine and coastal habitats, biological resources and special ecological features.

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located 42 miles north of San Francisco, will expand from 529 square miles to 1,286 square miles. Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will expand from 1,282 square miles to 3,295 square miles of ocean and coastal waters.

“We are thrilled that the Sanctuary is expanding northward,” said Chris Kelley, Executive Director of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, the Sanctuary's primary public partner.  "Not only is the Sanctuary one of the four most important ocean ecosystem's in the world, its protection is critical to the economy of Northern California.  The expansion will serve local communities well and we look forward to engaging with residents, businesses, public officials and community groups in support of our amazing ocean resource.  We would like to thank President Obama, former congresswoman Lynne Woolsey, those within Congress, Sacramento, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties and all of the friends of the Sanctuary who have worked tirelessly to ensure that this expansion was realized.” 

The expansion is based on years of public comment and research by NOAA and its scientific partners that identified the nutrient-rich upwelling zone originating off Point Arena and flowing south into the original sanctuaries as one of the most productive in North America.

Cordell Bank and the Gulf of Farallones national marine sanctuaries represent globally significant, extraordinarily diverse, and productive marine ecosystems that encompass areas as varied as estuarine wetlands, rocky intertidal habitat, open ocean, and shallow marine banks. They include areas of major upwelling where nutrients come to the surface and support a vast array of sea life including 25 endangered or threatened species, 36 marine mammal species, including blue, gray and humpback whales, harbor seals, elephant seals, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and one of the southernmost U.S. populations of Steller sea lions; over a quarter million breeding seabirds; and one of the most significant white shark populations on the planet.

To make a financial contribution in support of FMSA's expanded programming in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, or other of our programs, to volunteer and to learn more about the Sanctuary, please contact us by email, phone or contribute online. We appreciate your generous support!




Shell Beach/ Monica Krach FMSA


Dolphin by Sophie Webb


Point Arena Lighthouse/


Beach Watch volunteers/NOAA


Images by Monika Krach/FMSA, Sophie Webb, Matt MacIntosh/NOAA and Beach Watch


For more news on the Sanctuary expansion click here to visit the Gulf of the Farallones website




Announcing a vehicle and boat donation program!


Are you planning on buying a new car or boat this holiday season or in the new year?  The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is teaming up with Donate for Charity to accept donated cars, trucks, boats and other modes of transportation.  Between 70-80% of the net sale of your donated item, (among the highest donation rates in the industry) can benefit FMSA and our programs that protect the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. And it’s quick and easy - just call the toll free donation line (866) 392-4483 or go online and a donation specialist will fill out the online paperwork and make arrangements to pick up your vehicle.  You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution - call before the end of the calendar year to ensure your donation benefits you this tax year - and provides much needs support of your ocean ecosystem during this season of giving.




Rent our Campus Facilities for Your Next Event

Welcome to the Facility Rentals for the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. FMSA offers Wedding Venues, Corporate Events Sites and Photography Sites with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Alcatraz and View of the San Francisco Skyline with the Bay Bridge in the foreground. Imagine yourself celebrating with family and friends or co-workers with this incredible San Francisco waterfront as your backdrop.

The FMSA offers two locations to accommodate a wide variety of events. The Pier House sits over the water with a 360 ft dock with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, which makes a perfect setting for engagement proposals, small business meetings and intimate gatherings.

The Grounds and Paved Lots offers over 5,000 sq feet of event space ideal for Weddings/Receptions, Corporate Events and Festivals.

For more information contact us at (415)-902-8115 or abbylbower@gmail.com to discuss which FMSA venues would be best for your next event.

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