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NOAA expanded Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries off northern California in 2015

Greater (formerly, Gulf of the) Farallones National Marine Sanctuary expanded from 1,282 square miles to 3,295 square miles of ocean and coastal waters.

The expansion was 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.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary represents 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. The sanctuary includes 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 please contact us or make a donation online today.




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 Greater Farallones website




Announcing a vehicle and boat donation program!


Are you planning on buying a new car or boat?  The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association has teamed 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 Greater 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.




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 ckelley@farallones.org to discuss which FMSA venues would be best for your next event.

Click for Campus Rental Packet












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