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Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association protecting our ocean wilderness through public stewardship
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FMSA

The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary's wildlife and habitats through the development of a diverse community of informed and active ocean stewards. We collaborate closely with the Sanctuary staff and coordinate and sponsor programming and initiatives that ensure the Sanctuary is protected. From education to research and volunteer programming, we work to build a concerned and aware public network to promote this goal.


Sanctuary History

Designated in 1981 because of its rich biological diversity, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) surrounds the wind-swept peaks of the Farallon Islands off of the Golden Gate. The Sanctuary encompasses over 1,200 square miles of open ocean and coastal waters as well as bays and estuaries—from Bodega Head in Sonoma County all the way down along the San Mateo County coast. The islands in its midst serve as breeding grounds for more seabirds than any other area in the contiguous United States. The Sanctuary contains vital nursery and spawning grounds for many fish and shellfish. At least 36 species of marine mammals have been observed within its borders, including 25 endangered species, such as the blue and humpback whales.


 

 

 

 

How to Find Us

Directions to our offices in the historic Coast Guard Building on Crissy Field in the Presidio

© 2005-2006 Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. All Rights Reserved. Last updated 10/30/13.

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