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Julieta Gomez (left) and Rachael Karm (right) show off strands of kelp at the Bodega Marine Lab.

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Picture a Scientist: Julieta Gomez

January 18, 2024

Julieta Gomez is a Kelp Restoration Specialist at Greater Farallones Association, and an affiliate with Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. She is our resident kelp nursery caregiver. Chatting over tea, Julieta spilt the tea on what it’s like being a scientific diver, researcher, sea cucumber obsessed, fierce advocate in marine science.

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A hand holds an invasive green crab upside down above a bucket filled with more removed invasive crabs.

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Restoring Balance: The Crucial Role of Invasive Species Removal Projects

September 14, 2023

Across the globe, human activities have unintentionally introduced invasive species to ecosystems, disrupting natural function and causing significant ecological, economic, and social damage. Within Bolinas Lagoon, the invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) poses a significant threat to native species and the natural function of the ecosystem. We are working with partners to remove these invasive crabs to ensure a healthy Bolinas Lagoon.

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Robert Wilson

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Remembering Robert Wilson

August 18, 2023

With heavy hearts, we remember and celebrate Robert (Bob) Wilson, a lifelong ocean champion whose impact will forever remain connected to the Farallon Islands and surrounding waters that Bob so passionately helped protect. 

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Picture a Scientist

August 2, 2023

Ric DeSantiago is in the last year of the joint doctoral program between San Diego State University and University of California, Davis. He joined us virtually from the Long Laboratory at SDSU to chat about his research, science communication, and his non-traditional path into intertidal ecology.

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Profile photo of Deb Self. Deb is looking at the camera standing in a grassy field with trees.

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Pride In The Ocean: Deb Self

June 28, 2023 National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Blog

GFA Executive Director, Deb Self, was honored to contribute to National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s blog for the Sanctuaries’ “Pride in the Ocean” celebration of Pride Month. To continue to find and address gaps in service, and opportunities to deepen non-transactional relationships, we all need to be more specific about special efforts to understand the needs of underserved and excluded communities.

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Nazca Boobie (Sula granti). Credit: Dru Devlin, GF/CBNMS/GFA.

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Sightings from the 67th ACCESS Cruise!

June 22, 2023

This year’s cruise documented large numbers of young of the year rockfish and anchovies along the continental shelf. Where there were anchovies, there were whales and birds! The research team documented humpback, blue, and fin whales, various species of seabirds, and more.

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ALT Text: Three California Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) with brown bodies, white necks and heads and orange beaks in the water. Photo credit: Roy W. Lowe, USFWS.

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Update on the Avian Flu

March 21, 2023

We continue to keep close watch as the “bird flu” persists on the US West Coast and around the globe. The avian flu (HPAI) is still impacting birds worldwide, causing seizures and neurological symptoms that are shortly followed by death. 

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Underwater photograph of a humpback whale mother and calf swimming through the clear ocean water. Photo credit: NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration)

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The Association Joins Voices from Around the Globe at IMPAC5

March 21, 2023

We were thrilled to attend and present at IMPAC5 this year in Canada! Climate Program Coordinator, Sara Hutto, presented on the important role MPAs can play in mitigating climate change and how we are working with Sanctuaries to better understand marine carbon sinks—including whales!

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Cordell Bank

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Protecting the Incredible Cordell Bank

April 19, 2022

The Association is thrilled to now be partnering closely with both sanctuaries to conserve the incredible ecosystems protected within their boundaries — covering nearly 4,600 square miles of ocean and coast off the north-central California coast.

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Greater Farallones Association at COP26

November 23, 2021

Earlier this month, Association staff member Sara Hutto joined other climate experts from around the world at COP26 to share information, raise awareness, and most importantly, illuminate the ocean as a solution in the global fight against climate change.

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8th Season of Kent Island Restoration Complete!

November 10, 2021

This season, 109 community volunteers and 45 staff volunteers spent hundreds of hours removing thousands of invasive plants! Removing harmful non-native species helps the natural ecosystem thrive and promotes the return of native plants and animals.

 

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Photo of salt marsh at Bolinas Lagoon within Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

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New Report Shows Greater Farallones Sanctuary and Other Marine Protected Areas Help Combat Climate Change with Blue Carbon

October 4, 2021

Marine protected areas (MPAs), including national marine sanctuaries, safeguard important ecosystems for marine species. A new report, published by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), “Blue Carbon in Marine Protected Areas,” indicates that they can also help fight climate change.

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Congressman Huffman Advocates for Greater Farallones Kelp Recovery

August 11, 2021

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafeal) introduced a new bill to support kelp forest restoration in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and along the California coast, and advocated for $500,000 to go to the Greater Farallones Kelp Recovery Program.

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Protecting Endangered Whales: 16 Global Shipping Companies Slow Cargo Ships

June 1, 2021

Results from the 2020 “Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies” program are now available. The incentive-based program, of which Greater Farallones Association is a partner, is focused on protecting endangered whales and cutting air pollution through outreach to shipping companies. Shipping companies that voluntarily reduced speeds to 10 knots or less are recognized.

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LiMPETS Students Learn About Important Climate Topics

February 9, 2021

The LiMPETS Program continues successfully online. Most recently, high school students in the LiMPETS Program joined virtual field trips focused on coastal habitats, learning how ocean acidification, sea level rise, and changing temperatures are affecting coastal marine ecosystems.

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Mapping Kelp Canopy: A Critical Next Step Toward Recovery

February 9, 2021

Last fall, our Kelp Recovery Program co-led the largest marine mapping project using aerial drones to ever take place in California. The results will help us take critical next steps in recovering kelp forest on the north coast of California.

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Association Staff Member Honored as Naturalist of the Year

November 10, 2020

This year, at the Western Society of Naturalists’ 101st annual meeting, our very own Rosemary Romero was honored with this prestigious award for her leadership of our youth-centered LiMPETS Program. Congratulations to Rosemary on this amazing achievement!

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Upwelling Newsletter

October 13, 2020 Upwelling Newsletter

A digital version of our printed Upwelling newsletter is now available! Read about kelp recovery, marine debris, blue carbon, Beach Watch, and more.

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Interview with a Long-time Beach Watcher

October 13, 2020

During her internship with Greater Farallones Association, Natalie had the opportunity to interview one of our long-time Beach Watch volunteers. Learn what motivates one community scientist, and read about the most interesting things she’s seen while surveying the Sanctuary’s coastline.

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Returning to Restoration

August 11, 2020

Since 2009, Greater Farallones Association and project partners have removed tens of thousands of harmful invasive European green crabs from Seadrift Lagoon through a seasonal volunteer-based project. After careful planning to ensure Covid-safe conditions, we are once again returning to Seadrift to carry out this important restoration work.

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Beach Watch Is Back in the Field

August 11, 2020

In a typical year, over 150 highly-trained Beach Watch volunteers would hit the beach biweekly to survey the Sanctuary coastline, collecting crucial data used to inform management decisions. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Beach Watch’s long-term dataset was interrupted for the first time in 27 years. 

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Profile photo of Deb Self. Deb is looking at the camera standing in a grassy field with trees.

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Greater Farallones Association Welcomes New Executive Director

September 3, 2019

Greater Farallones Association (the Association) is pleased to announce Deb Self as its new Executive Director. The Association selected Deb after an extensive, nation-wide search. She started her role as Executive Director on September 3, 2019. “We are very excited to have Deb taking on the role of the executive director for the Association,” says Erica Mattson, Board President. “We’re confident her strong background in marine conservation and successful non-profit leadership will strengthen our impact for the California coast and communities that rely on it.”

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Underwater photo of green colored bull kelp surrounded by blueish green water in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Keith Johnson

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Greater Farallones Association Releases Plan to Save Bull Kelp Forest

June 4, 2019

The Greater Farallones Association released a comprehensive Sonoma-Mendocino Bull Kelp Recovery Plan (the Plan) to address the devastating loss of bull kelp forest along the North-central California coast. The Plan is prepared for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (the Sanctuary) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and will be jointly implemented by the Greater Farallones Association, the Sanctuary, and community partners.

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