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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: Volunteer
    education efforts it s all about actively participating in making a difference FMSA s volunteer programs depend on the energy generosity and dedication of individuals like you who care about our marine environment By joining us you help protect the Sanctuary from pollution loss of marine wildlife and loss of breeding habitat Check out the programs for yourself and get involved Beach Watch Beach Watch is a long term monitoring project Every four weeks dedicated volunteers survey their beach for live and dead marine mammals and birds Beach Watch volunteers come from all walks of life but share the common love and interest in protecting and contributing and continuing learning about the betterment of the marine environment Learn more about Beach Watch The SEALS Program The SEALS Sanctuary Education Awareness and Long term Stewardship program began in 1996 and has been dedicated to reducing human impact on harbor seals through interpretation and monitoring Volunteers have been monitoring at Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay where low tides create islets in the shallow waters These refuges are vital to the health and survival of Pacific harbor seals Seals need to haul out on land for periods of rest In the spring the

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: Explore
    to explore and you don t need to be an expert swimmer or sailor to begin Sanctuary waters are protected for the benefit of everyone so we encourage you to explore and discover the sanctuary for yourself To help you get started we ve provided access information for some of the more popular activities Click on an activity to see where it s possible and get directions Beachgoing Birdwatching Boating

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: Take Action
    this egregious bill is that it is a serious threat to marine life in our oceans The bill allows an offshore oil and gas inventory to be conducted on the Outer Continental Shelf OCS of the U S coast This is the first step to undermining and dismantling the 24 year bipartisan moratorium on offshore drilling that protects America s most sensitive coastal national treasures The inventory would be conducted using destructive seismic survey ships that tow air guns emitting underwater explosions over thousands of miles along the coast Take Action Mercury in San Francisco Bay San Francisco Bay is rife with mercury The Environmental Protection Agency EPA has listed San Francisco Bay waters as impaired due to mercury contamination in accordance with the National Clean Water Act CWA 303 d List Take Action Marine Debris The National Academy of Sciences estimated in 1975 that cargo ships and cruise liners dumped an estimated 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean In 1988 the U S entered a treaty with 64 other nations MARPOL that made it illegal to dump plastics into the ocean Sharks are among the most ancient of all vertebrates having first appeared about 375 million years

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: News
    PM Pt Montara Lighthouse Dr Melissa Miller California Department of Fish and Game will describe the important work being done to understand the fragile existence of our sea otter population Free Lecture FIELD EXCURSIONS Sea Bird Kayak Tour March 25 10 AM 1 PM Pillar Point Harbor Encounter harbor seals seabirds and the local fishing fleet from a water level vantage A local bird expert will join the group to help identify the varied wildlife First time and experienced kayakers are welcome 30 per person must be at least 12 years old Space is limited Sailing on the Sanctuary April 23 10 AM 2 PM Search For Marine Wildlife Departs from Sausalito All aboard the 82 foot schooner Seaward to sail under the Golden Gate and out into the sanctuary Expect to see life aquatic and possible even Gray whales 50 per person must be at least 5 years old Light lunch provided Space is limited Sea Otter Safari May 13 9 AM 11AM Elkhorn Slough Travel up the placid Monterey inlet aboard a stable 27foot pontoon boat Enjoy this diverse habitat looking for playful sea otters harbor seals and migrating birds 25 per person Space is limited All lectures are free Excursions are fee based For reservations and registration for all events please contact ddevlin farallones org or 561 6625 ext 311 Download the Lectures and Excursions flyer for April here For the flyer for May click here The Hazards of Farmed Salmon Although aquaculture may still hold the promise of feeding a hungry world and taking pressure off of wild fish stocks conventional salmon farming has accomplished quite the opposite This new industry has gotten caught up in a swirl of controversy over its environmental human health and socio economic impacts Wild salmon have been a central figure

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: E-Newsletter
    Tomales Bay paddle Click here for the full schedule of kayaking trips For more information and registration email kmclaughlin farallones org or call 415 561 6625 ext 310 Sanctuary Explorers Camp Join kids ages 8 13 in exploring your sanctuary with our day camp August 7 11 Hands on activities field trips and amazing adventures await For more information to register and to see pictures of camp in action click here Budget for Marine Sanctuaries Slashed by Linda Hunter executive director In February Upwelling revealed details about the failing grade that the Bush Administration received on a report card issued by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative The Initiative is a collaborative effort led by Admiral James D Watkins and the Honorable Leon E Panetta chairs of the U S Commission and Pew Commission respectively The primary goal of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is to accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform In the category of funding Joint New Funding for Ocean Policy and Programs the Administration received an F grade Continued Sharing the Waterways with Whales Gray whales periodically enter the San Francisco Bay during their long migrations north to the Bering Sea in Alaska returning from their breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California Unfortunately because these whales migrate so close to shore they often end up in shipping lanes On Thursday April 20 a dead gray whale was discovered floating in the Bay It had been shipstruck but whether that was the cause of death is not known Continued Sanctuary Explorers Camp Project Insight Project Insight a division of the San Francisco s Recreation and Parks program and FMSA have carried on a partnership for several years which has made it possible for hearing and visually impaired students to take part

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: Education :: Overview
    education programs are designed to inspire and inform students about the Sanctuary s unique wildlife and diverse habitats Through education the Sanctuary hopes to support a new generation of ocean stewards Elementary School Programs The Sanctuary Visitor Center offers a variety of grade specific lively hands on programs for students grades K 6 Programs are two hours long and take place in the Sanctuary classroom Visitor Center and on beautiful Chrissy Field Beach The Sharkmobile the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary s new outreach program brings shark biology and conservation topics to life in fourth fifth and sixth grade classrooms Middle and High School Monitoring Programs The Sandy Beach and the Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Projects are in depth education and monitoring programs designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scientific process firsthand Participants are provided with background information monitoring protocols data analysis activities and final assessment ideas all linked to California State Science Standards The education staff at FMSA provide training and support in the classroom and in the field as needed Teacher Workshops and Resources Interested in resources marine science curricula and teacher workshops Most of FMSA s free education resources and curricula are

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: Education :: Student Monitoring Programs
    in the food web Teachers and FMSA staff work together to locate a safe monitoring site that is close to the participating school or facility FMSA supports teachers interested in monitoring at beaches in Sonoma Marin San Francisco and San Mateo counties The data collected are meant to provide baseline data for the Sanctuary in the event of an oil spill or other disaster Students are encouraged to use the data to answer their own research questions Download the Sandy Beach Monitoring Handbook Find out more at http www sandcrabs org Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Project The rocky intertidal on the west coast of North America is one of the richest and most diverse habitats in the world The plants and animals living in the rocky intertidal are well adapted to the waves tides and other harsh conditions that make this environment unique Unfortunately these intertidal creatures are often threatened by the impacts of human behavior Threats such as harvesting trampling and global warming can cause changes in the distribution abundance and diversity of the biota at the rocky shore Students taking part in the Rocky Intertial Monitoring Project survey key invertebrate and algae species at one of the Sanctuary s

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