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  • Fall 2010
    us expected what was to come Our ride was smooth in the pre dawn as the Charleete II a 45 foot catamaran operated by Captain Laurie Chaikin made good speed The sun rose behind us and soon the islands came into view Before I knew it we had been hoisted onto the island and biologist Pete Warzybok led us down a narrow walkway to the living quarters Since it was October Shark Watch was being conducted on Tower Hill and we were invited to go meet the researchers on duty as long as we didn t mind the steep hike A small group of us elected to make the ascent and working our way up the craggy switchbacks the views were already worth the effort Suddenly we heard someone hollering and figured someone had spotted a shark in the cove below We quickly made our way to the top of the island and found a powerful telescope Looking through the lens was an unbelievable sight a Great White thrashing violently with a harbor seal in its mouth Even the researchers were yelling excitedly and as we took turns watching it was clear the shark had killed its prey A large red pool spread throughout the water Amidst the chaos Pete explained that the shark had disappeared but would be back soon to take another bite And as we waited sure enough more violent thrashing and this time the seal was visible at the surface a remnant of what it had been moments before Ocean Climate Center Unveiled The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary opened its new Ocean Climate Center on October 26th at its headquarters in San Francisco The Center will serve as an ocean and climate change communication center for the Bay Area and facilitate the exchange of technical scientific policy and education information and ideas The Center will bring together a diversity of knowledge and expertise amongst several federal state and local agencies and other academic and non profit partners to identify assess and address the effects of climate variability and change on the sanctuary and the surrounding marine region from Sonoma to Santa Cruz County Staff at the new Ocean Climate Center will work collaboratively with NOAA s world renowned climate scientists and experts and eventually with NOAA s proposed Climate Service once established The center will also help catalyze the development of information and outreach programs to help inform the public about how climate variability and change may affect ocean ecosystems This center strives to understand the linkages between climate change and ocean ecosystems said Margaret Spring NOAA chief of staff This NOAA center the first of its kind draws expertise from across the agency s climate weather research coastal and fisheries programs using a place based approach with federal state and local partners We re pleased that by locating this center in a national marine sanctuary it can foster a strong connection between the public and the wildlife and marine resources that are

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  • Summer 2010
    V Kitty Kat into the marine sanctuary on July 7th The group had excellent wildlife sightings One of the highlights was being in the company of approximately eight humpback whales for over an hour just east of the Farallon Islands We observed the whales traveling and lunge feeding and often the whales came within 40 feet of the boat An abundance of krill was observed in the water and periodically shoals of salmon could be observed chasing the krill to the surface As we were about to return home we were treated to a California sea lion eating a salmon smashing and breaking it up on the surface as it was so large Seas were calm and a rich and wonderful day of ocean experiences in the sanctuary was was had by all For most of these teenagers it was their first time out on the ocean on a boat and the first time seeing whales This is the fourth week in a series from a summer program Seven Tepees Youth Group have been undertaking with GFNMS and The Bay Institute encouraging ocean literacy learning about our sanctuary and developing connections to our marine environment The program has included field trips to the biology department of the Exploratorium the California Academy of Sciences as well as the Aquarium of the Bay Students have completed independent group projects studying plankton and are preparing to use their training to lead field programs for the middle school students in the Seven Tepees Youth Program Seven Tepees Youth Program is dedicated to impacting the lives of promising inner city youth in San Francisco Emphasis is placed on social competency self esteem academics the natural environment and preparing for future success The GFNMS Visitor Center is excited about this new partnership and sees this summer as the foundation of a promising future connecting inner city youth with the ocean and their local marine sanctuary A special thanks to San Francisco Whale Tours for making this trip possible ACCESS Cruise ACCESS cruise documents high abundance and diversity of birds and marine mammals Research staff from Cordell Bank Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries and PRBO Conservation Science completed 10 days of ecosystem monitoring on board the R V Fulmar as part of the ACCESS Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies partnership ACCESS cruises collect data on the oceanographic conditions zooplankton community focusing on krill and copepods seabird and marine mammal distribution and abundance within the offshore and near shore regions of Cordell Bank Gulf of the Farallones and northern extend of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Excellent sea conditions allowed the team to complete the entire survey grid and document a high abundance and diversity of marine mammals seabirds and krill within the sanctuaries The abundance of krill has attracted many whales to the region and over the course of the survey there were over 200 observations of humpback whales over 20 observations of blue whales in addition to minke whales and a fin whale Seabird

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  • Spring 2010
    Justin Holl Teachers Looking for new ways to make science come alive in your classroom Teacher Workshop Series 09 10 June 28 29 Engaging Student Scientists Along our Sanctuary Shores Update Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico As we go to press the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association remain in dialogue with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and our partners in spill response As our involvement develops concretely we will keep you informed At present we continue to support the spill response in ways that best serve the overall effort Mole Crab Baby Boom Student Scientists Detect Mole Crab Baby Boom on Sanctuary Beaches For the first time since 2003 tiny Pacific mole crabs Emerita analoga called recruits are settling onto Sanctuary beaches in large numbers In the past weeks students from middle and high schools throughout the Bay Area have investigated mole crab populations on Farallones and northern Monterey Bay marine sanctuary beaches as part of the LiMPETS Long term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students program Many of the beaches monitored by LiMPETS appear to be experiencing this recruitment event but one beach has stood out in particular students from Pescadero High School found over 1500 mole crabs almost all of them recruits in their samples taken on Pescadero State Beach in late April That translates to an abundance of about 1600 crabs per square meter of beach Continued Increased Marine Protection On May 1 California s underwater state park system expanded to include north central coast hot spots like Point Reyes Headlands Bodega Head the Farallon Islands and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve The science based marine protected area network which extends from Point Arena to Pigeon Point is designed to restore sea life and protect habitat while leaving almost 90 of the coast open for fishing The north central coast network approved last August by the Fish and Game Commission creates 21 marine protected areas 3 marine management areas and 6 special closures Eighty six square miles 11 percent of state waters have been designated as fully protected marine reserves The objectives of most California MPAs are to protect fish and underwater habitat However the North central Coast regional stakeholders acknowledged that it was also important to protect seabirds and marine mammals because of the area s historic populations high species diversity and known issues with disturbance Therefore the region took a new approach with the adoption of Special Closures which restrict human access to areas that are home to the most diverse and abundant seabird and marine mammal breeding populations in the region The areas are small when compared to the larger no take marine reserves or other MPAs The objective of Special Closures is simple minimizing disturbance from close approaching vessels For more information visit http www dfg ca gov mlpa northcentralhome asp Marine Science Summer Camp GFNMS partners with Randall Museum to offer marine science summer camp experience The Gulf of the

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  • Winter 2010
    due by March 1 April 1 Marine Life Protection Act s North Central Coast MPA s goes into effect Click here for more information FMSA is involved in making the regulations more accessible to recreational boaters On the Islands Shannon Lyday FMSA s Ecosystem Monitoring Manager has just returned from three weeks on the Southeast Farallon Islands where she was volunteering as a field biologist Joining 4 other biologists she participated in the Northern elephant seal and other winter research Read about her adventures getting to the islands witnessing life in an elephant seal rookery counting migrating gray whales surveying for burrowing owls and visiting the West End See Shannon s Oceanblog for all the details of her adventures Beach Watch Data Online The public now has access to sixteen years of biological data from 41 Northern California beaches through the Beach Watch online query system The online query system allows public access to data on live birds and marine mammals and dead vertebrates Users can choose different filters and groupings to view the data for example the data can be queried for specific species by individual beaches or for a particular date range The data are summarized and can also be displayed in graph form Anyone can use this data We ask for an email address to track usage and will never share or sell your information SF Ocean Film Festival The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival returns February 3 7 to celebrate the sea with inspirational films that increase our appreciation of the oceans that surround us Every year SFOFF produces an acclaimed festival of ocean themed films from all over the world that are largely unavailable to the general public Themes range from marine science and coastal cultures to sports and adventure The films are intended not

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  • Summer 2009
    9am 1pm and Wednesday July 15th from 8am 4pm July 15th will also be the first official trapping day All ages are welcome If interested please contact Christopher Brown at browncw si edu July 28 Creature Feature CRABS Sunday 11 00 12 30 at Visitor Center For more info contact pwinch farallones org August 13 Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting New Zealand Wildlife Wonders Tour November 8 21 2009 Experience firsthand the global connection between our own Gulf of the Farallones upwelling ecosystem and exotic New Zealand For more info click here Donate to FMSA today Dying Cormorants In mid April FMSA Beach Watch volunteers along with numerous other wildlife agencies and organizations began to note an increase in dead Brandt s Cormorants along beaches from Marin to Monterey counties As of May 25 2009 Beach Watch surveyors have documented 380 dead Brandt s Cormorants during the months of April and May Increased numbers of dead grebes also diving seabirds have also been found on beaches Continued Brian O Neill On May 29 members of the sanctuary staff were among over 2 000 people who journeyed to Crissy Field on a gray blustery day to pay tribute to Farallones Sanctuary Advisory Council member and General Superintendent of the Golden Gate Recreation Area Brian O Neill in a celebration of his life and work Brian passed away on May 13 after complications from heart surgery Continued Sealife Conservation Sealife Conservation a nonprofit based in Santa Cruz is committed to inspiring conservation of the ocean by creating opportunities for individuals to learn about the beauty of our oceans and the threats that they are currently facing In the past four years over 10 000 individuals have learned about our oceans while sailing with SeaLife Conservation aboard the Derek M

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  • February 2009
    Since we know you value this publication we thought it was only fair to make you aware of the situation Times are tough for everyone we know but if you would be willing to chip in to save Upwelling you could help us continue to bring you important information about the Sanctuary Our goal is to raise 6 000 by the end of March If we are able to meet this goal we will publish the e newsletter as frequently as the budget allows but our target is no less than quarterly Just as the entire marine ecosystem relies on upwelling to bring rich nutrients to the surface during the spring and summer months the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association relies on funding to bring its stories to the surface Like so many others this has been a tough upwelling year for us and we would greatly appreciate any support you could give to help us continue our mission Please make a donation to help us continue to bring Upwelling Thank you Stefan Marti Editor To contribute online click here To contribute by check send to Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association c o Save Upwelling P O Box 29386 San Francisco CA 94129 Swim for your Life We were headed west out of Half Moon Bay just after dawn aboard the sanctuary research vessel Fulmar when Research Coordinator Jan Roletto shouted killer whales The team on the flying bridge immediately roused from our observer positions to look off the port side of the boat Splashes white water and boils were less than 1 000 meters from our vessel We saw several dorsal fins and fluke slapping Commotion immediately broke out as we radioed to the bridge to stop the boat Continued New Regulations in Sanctauries As of March 9 2009 the Gulf

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  • February 2009
    the Wonders of the Sanctuary For Junior Marine Biologists Ages 8 12 Have you had an interesting experience in the Sanctuary Tell us your story in 400 600 words Send it to the editor at smarti farallones org Donate to FMSA today Tanker Disaster Near miss On an unassuming Tuesday evening in late January the oil tanker Overseas Cleliamar lost power just outside the Golden Gate Bridge With a 3 knot current heading out the Gate and unable to anchor in the deep strait the ship was forced dangerously close to the rocky cliffs in the Marin Headlands Continued SF Ocean Film Festival We re just days away from the 6th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival Here are some highlights For the first time there will be a special program celebrating our Sanctuaries and marine protected areas See films on the Farallones and Cordell Bank Sanctuaries the new Farallon Islands video and California s Marine Protected Areas on Friday February 20th from 2 00 pm to 4pm Continued Following the Shearwaters Experience firsthand the global connection between our own Gulf of the Farallones upwelling ecosystem and exotic New Zealand Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is collaborating with

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  • January2009
    at smarti farallones org Donate to FMSA today Meet Terri Watson New FMSA Executive Director New to the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is Terri Watson Executive Director An avid lover of everything outdoors and oceanic Terri s career path en route to this seat has held plenty of variety A military and commercial pilot since 1983 Terri has flown extensively in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft in locales as far a field as Antarctica Iraq Afghanistan Central America and throughout the Rocky Mountain states Continued Gray Whales A Conservation Success Right around the winter solstice we see the first wave of the southbound gray whale migration passing our shores from their Arctic feeding grounds to their Mexican breeding grounds The Eastern Pacific stock of this species will travel nearly 12 000 miles round trip returning north in the spring Continued Obama s Marine and Coastal Agenda As a presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined an aggressive set of changes he d bring to the U S government s stewardship of our marine and coastal environment and business Here are some of the highlights Continued Wildlife Spotlight Jumbo Squid Eighteen months ago off the coast of Baja California a net full

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