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  • December2008
    Double or even triple your gift to the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association through your employer s matching gift program For more info contact Susanna Beck 415 561 6625 x 315 sbeck farallones org 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 Come Visit New Farallones Sanctuary Exhibit On September 29 with the grand reopening of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Academy premiered a major installation The California Rocky Coast With fascinating ocean creatures and dynamic interactive exhibits it appeals to all generations As part of the Water is Life exhibit it brings to life the rich and colorful world beneath the waves Continued Humpbacks Make a Splash Sought after for their oil baleen and other byproducts humpback whales were hunted intensively in the North Pacific until 1966 when they gained international protection At the time the population estimate for the North Pacific stocks numbered a mere 1 400 Continued Meet Gordon Bennett As we come to the end of our Beach Watch anniversary celebration

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  • November2008
    been doubled and prepared to celebrate But something happened on the way to the celebration Continued Check out the New 3D Model The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center at Crissy Field has a new teaching tool in the form of a 3D model of a section of the Farallon Islands It is an educational and outreach prop for the Visitor Center marine science programs The 3D model is approx 3 5 ft long by 2ft wide by 3 5ft tall It is constructed out of wood chicken wire and paper maché and is populated by animals made out of clay and plastic The top section shows the islands above the water with seabirds like Common Murre and Tufted Puffin and Harbor Seals resting on the kelp covered rocks Continued Meet Ellen Gartside It s not just a walk on the beach Every sense is on heightened alert And I love Montara Beach it s one my favorite places on Earth Beach Watch is always like an Easter egg hunt I never know what I am going to find or see It s always beautiful and amazing watching pelicans fly or finding the perfect piece of beach

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  • October2008
    such as the blue whale is recovering By law the Marine Mammal Protection Act requires that the National Marine Fisheries Services NMFS assess the stocks of marine mammals in U S waters This assessment is designed to determine sustainable population levels to develop conservation and management strategies for different species Continued Marine Reserves Come to the Farallones Federal sanctuaries such as the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary serve to protect marine areas They protect against oil and gas exploration monitor improper discharges and preserve marine wildlife and habitat However state waters overlap with federal sanctuary waters and states have a significant role in these waters Regulation of fishing in state waters is the responsibility of the state Continued Meet Frank Beering I believe I have the distinction in Beach Watch to have found the most dead human bodies I found the German tourist on my very first survey I also found a 48 foot gray whale They removed the carcass and blew it up at sea but the bones returned Continued Endangered Spotlight Guadalupe Fur Seal Today Guadalupe fur seals are rare visitors to our Sanctuary but in the early 18th century they foraged up and down the

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  • September2008
    Allan Schreiber President FMSA Board of Trustees September 20th Coastal Cleanup Day 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 Why the Dead Murres The distinctive call of a common murre chick for its father is one of the most endearing sounds you ll hear while out to sea in late summer However lately there have been fewer calls During the past month a high number of dead common murre chicks have washed up on our coastlines Continued Disappearing Ocean Travelers Last November I was working as a naturalist on a wildlife watching trip to the Farallones We hadn t had the best day for wildlife a few humpbacks in the distance a couple of harbor porpoises On our way back the boat drifted through thick patches of fog then out to areas of limited visibility then back into fog again Pink footed and sooty shearwaters skimmed across our bow and when the mist cleared the sunlight cast an ethereal glow on the ocean Then I saw it A leatherback turtle Continued 15 years and Going Strong As

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  • August2008
    farallones org Donate to FMSA today Our Sacred Coasts For those who value a healthy marine environment and clean coastal waters the past three months have presented alarming threats and challenges In July President Bush unilaterally removed his father s longstanding executive leasing ban preventing offshore drilling in sensitive waters He then called on Congress to lift the separate 27 year congressional moratorium on new drilling rigs off of the Pacific coast the Atlantic coast and Florida s Gulf Coast Continued Atlantic Salmon Escape Strong ocean currents caused nearly 30 000 Atlantic salmon to escape from a net pen farm in British Columbia near the Campbell River on Canada Day 1 July Workers had to watch helplessly as the net pen anchor shifted and fell into a crevice lest they be pulled in with it The net pen system was stabilized three days later and recovery efforts only yielded about 400 salmon Continued 15 years and Going Strong The Beach Watch program is celebrating 15 years of monitoring the shorelines of the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries In 1993 the first volunteer class was trained to survey beaches for live and dead birds and marine

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  • July2008
    6625 x300 or askaj farallons org July 25 GFNMS SAC Meeting 9am 4 30pm at the Red Barn in Point Reyes Station 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 Surveying the Sanctuary The morning fog had already burned off by the time we arrived at the dock in Sausalito Six am rays of sunshine glistened off the glassy water while the crew lumbered sleepily around the deck Today was the day I had been waiting for A chance to leave my office work behind and tag along with the researchers as they did their routine survey of Sanctuary wildlife aboard the trusty research vessel Fulmar Continued Which Salmon to Eat As reported in April s Upwelling California usually opens the West Coast wild salmon season in May Up and down the California coast you d see eager fishermen setting up camp preparing for the first day of the fishing season Not this year Continued Eighteen Dead Harbor Porpoises In the past two months eighteen harbor porpoises have been found dead on beaches between Bodega Bay and Daly

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  • June2008
    story in 400 600 words Send it to the editor at smarti farallones org Donate to FMSA today Untangling the Future In mid May boaters off Moss Landing in Monterey Bay spotted a young humpback whale entangled in commercial fishing gear It was the second such sighting this spring another humpback had been seen entangled in gear in April While tour boats stood by to mark the humpback calf s position a trained disentanglement crew from NOAA arrived Continued Dead Man s Drop It all starts innocuously enough I receive a phone call from Mo at the California Academy of Sciences who received a call from Sarah the lead biologist for the National Park Service out in Point Reyes Sarah reported a dead Steller sea lion at the south end of South Beach below the Point Reyes Lighthouse She suspects the animal has been shot Continued Beach Watch Volunteer Nationally Recognized At a June 3rd ceremony in Washington DC Beach Watch volunteer Mary Cantini was named Volunteer of the Year by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for her efforts during the Cosco Busan oil spill Mary was invaluable to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary s response to

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  • May2008
    See the nesting seabirds of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay 8 30 11 30 A M June 14 Join us for a Paddle in Pillar Point Harbor Half Moon Bay San Mateo County 10 00 A M 2 00 P M A New Type of Conservation The Marine Life Protection Act MLPA aims to protect and restore ecosystems by conserving habitats and the species dependent on those habitats by creating zones in the ocean Although these zones called Marine Protected Areas MPAs generally restrict extraction it was clear early on in the stakeholder driven process that North central California specifically the Gulf of the Farallones and northern Monterey Bay Sanctuaries is a marine wildlife hotspot needing additional protection The area is home to the largest concentration of breeding seabirds in the contiguous US and a richly diverse population of marine mammals Continued Nine Pinniped Deaths What Happened The deaths of nine seals and sea lions over one weekend in early May remains under investigation two weeks later On the weekend of May 3 three Northern Elephant Seals two Steller Sea Lions and four California Sea Lions died in two separate incidents Some animals died as a result of gunfire some while captive in holding cages Authorities from three states and the Federal government are investigating the events Continued Restoring Bolinas Lagoon Bolinas Lagoon lies within the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary 15 miles northwest of San Francisco Recognized by the Ramsar Convention as a Wetland of International Importance the lagoon is located along the Pacific Flyway making it an ideal staging ground and stopover site for migratory birds This 1 100 acre tidal estuary provides critical habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl marine mammals fish and invertebrates The Lagoon also offers fishing boating bird watching and other recreational opportunities

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