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  • April2008
    weeks in February 2009 Call Carol Preston 415 561 6622x201 or carol a preston noaa gov for more details Donate Today Salmon in Crisis Last fall we waited for the missing run of Chinook salmon on the Sacramento River Fishermen knew that returns of Chinook to the Sacramento River were going to be dismal after enduring one of the worst fishing seasons in recent memory The fish were simply not there Continued A Letter from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey Friends We did it Last week the US House of Representatives unanimously passed H R 1187 the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Protection and Modification Act As you may know this vital legislation would expand the current Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries by over 2 000 square miles an area roughly the size of Delaware Continued Sperm Whale Washes Up on Sanctuary Shore On a Saturday in mid March at a beach north of Pt Reyes an unusual beaching event occurred An adult male sperm whale was found washed ashore Measured at over 50 feet long 15 6 m it probably weighed over 40 tons Sperm whales are rarely seen in shallower

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  • March2008
    Off the Lights for a Brighter Future Imagine for a moment a city in darkness The stars above the only light Then imagine taking 48 616 cars off the highways with the flick of a switch It starts with an hour This month Saturday March 29th at 8pm is Earth Hour Earth Hour is a global movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund to reduce our impact on climate change Continued A Dream Coming True for Sonoma Coast For more than a quarter of a century residents of California s spectacular North Coast have had a dream They dream of gaining truly permanent protection for a wild and dramatic coastline with a world class marine ecosystem driven by one of the four most productive ocean upwelling systems on the planet Continued Trouble for Our Sandy Beaches Mole Crab Population in Decline This school year the teachers and student scientists that participate in the Sanctuary s LiMPETS program Long term Monitoring and Experiential Training for Students have been sifting sand along our beaches in search of the Pacific mole crab Mole crabs also known as sand crabs are often the most abundant and important herbivore on our beaches They are vital

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  • February2008
    in our sanctuary Donate Today Tarballs on the Beach Again During the last week of January gobs of black tar began washing up on San Mateo County beaches Certain areas like Fitzgerald Reserve and Linda Mar in Pacifica were closed to visitors As the huge tar patties washed to shore beachgoers immediately feared the heavy storms had brought back more of the Cosco Busan oil Beach Watch volunteers reported tarballs numbering in the hundreds that were the size of cow patties stated Shannon Lyday Beach Watch Manager Continued Stressed Seabirds Make Lousy Parents Seabirds particularly those species that nest and roost on cliffs or offshore rocks can easily be spooked by humans When we get too close to seabird colonies the birds experience higher stress levels and expend more energy Frequent human disturbance can disrupt critical seabird behaviors such as finding good nesting sites defending their nests and feeding their young Birds may leave their eggs and chicks unprotected from predators and adverse weather conditions Continued Check Out Our New Digs Have you seen a monkey faced prickleback lately Or held a shark tooth in your hand Come visit our new renovated Visitor Center The Sanctuary Visitor Center has redesigned

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  • January2008
    California Academy of Sciences February 11 17 Visit the Aquarium of the Bay It is Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association week Mention that you are a FMSA supporter and receive a 3 discount on adult admission and a 2 discount on child admission The Aquarium will donate a portion of each FMSA admission back to us Donate Today Winter in the Sanctuary As winter storms surge in from the Pacific bringing massive waves and powerful ocean currents and rivers flood with mountain sediment and urban debris the coast of our Sanctuary is alive shifting and eroding in the fierce rain and surf redefining itself to the new ocean land environment And while we hunker down indoors with a hot cup of tea local birds embrace the intense storms the wild gusts of the downpours Outside the FMSA office gulls dance in the dark sky and sanderlings scurry across wind swept beaches Twenty seven miles west on the barren rocks of the Farallon Islands murres are busy scaling cliffs prospecting for nests Continued Ocean Film Festival 2008 Please join us at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival at the Cowell Theatre in Fort Mason on February 1 3 The festival features more than four dozen documentary and animated films from around the world deep dives into marine science coastal cultures ocean exploration and saltwater sports Our Executive Director Linda Hunter sat down recently with Ocean Film Festival contributor Jordan Plotsky to talk about his film Titans of the Coral Sea Exquisitely filmed this film chronicles the Papua New Guinean Titan people an ancient society of subsistence fishermen who have fished their reef for 40 000 years Now they face a dilemma join the global economy or preserve their fishery and their way of life Continued Mavericks Arrives At 2 pm on Thursday

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  • December2007
    oil spill to happen here on the California coast But we also know that another spill will eventually happen again So we owe it to the magnificent marine ecosystems all around us and to ourselves to make sure that we do a better job of responding next time We can point fingers about what obviously went wrong with the initial response to this spill or we can look toward the future and diligently improve our spill prevention measures We must make sure that there is no dithering in the critical first 60 minutes of any spill response that all agencies with a need to know are notified immediately instead of hours later and that information provided to responders and the public is accurate and verifiable Continued Fish Forever Linda Hunter Executive Director of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association sat down recently with Paul Johnson author and seafood purveyor to talk about his new book Fish Forever LH This book is gorgeous Paul Not only is it full of delicious recipes and beautiful photographs but it delivers a sustainable seafood message with compelling prose Why did you decide to write Fish Forever PJ The book really wrote itself When I first began to write what I had in mind was a book about Fish Alley that s San Francisco s equivalent of Fulton Fish Market I wanted to write about the history the characters and my experiences then pepper it with fish lore and recipes But the more I wrote the more the issues of sustainability and health took over Continued Where Have all the Salmon Gone Prior to the Gold Rush Chinook salmon the most highly prized and largest of the Pacific salmon returned to spawn in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers in California s Central Valley in almost

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  • November2007
    container ship bound for South Korea crashed into the base of the Bay Bridge spilling 58 000 gallons of heavy duty bunker fuel oil into the San Francisco Bay Quickly the oil spread across the Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge and out into the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary one of the most extraordinary and environmentally sensitive areas in the world From Day 1 our staff and Beach Watch volunteers have worked round the clock to provide information on natural resources status and distribution to Incident Command Many of our volunteers are trained to work with hazardous materials and these folks continue to survey beaches and oiled wildlife assist with the rescue effort as well as collect dead seabirds and tar balls as evidence The important data collected by the Farallones Association s programs is making a critical contribution by monitoring beaches and rocky shores to assess the impact of the spill on these fragile areas Continued No Local Crab for Thanksgiving With toxic oil from the devastating Cosco Busan Oil Spill spreading up and down the Bay Area coast commercial crabbers voted to delay the November 15th opening of the Dungeness crab season A few days later Governor Schwarzenegger reaffirmed the crabbers vote and issued an order suspending all fishing and crabbing for human consumption in areas affected by the spill The ban will remain in place until at least December 1st Our priority must be getting the oil cleaned up as quickly as possible rescuing all marine life and most importantly protecting the public health Schwarzenegger said Continued Death of a Scoter Unaware of an oil spill a surf scoter spends its day dipping and diving through the cold San Francisco waters in search of food Scoters have high metabolisms and need to feed often

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  • October2007
    Donate to FMSA today Thank You for Supporting OceanFest Thank you all for joining us at OceanFest We want to hear how you enjoyed the festivities Please take our survey A quick two minute response enters you into a raffle for a whale watching trip to the Farallon Islands The sunshine gods were smiling on us and we were blessed with a beautiful clear day Children were dancing wine was flowing and our taste buds are still tingling from the delicious delights served to us by some of the Bay Area s top restaurants Continued Climate Change and the World s Ocean Acidification and its Effects on Marine Life The oceans which cover more than 70 of the earth s surface play a fundamental and complex role in regulating climate The effect of climate change on the world s ocean is irrefutable and signals a profound transformation of the fragile marine ecosystem that nurtures our world Scientists are beginning to understand just how vast these changes will be and how quickly they are occurring Among them rising ocean temperatures that lead to species migration or extinction the melting of artic sea ice that endangers polar bears and other species rising sea levels that threaten our coast significant changes in the manner in which the ocean s currents transport water around the globe and the acidification of the ocean Continued Boats in the Bay Protecting Tomales Bay by Managing Vessel Usage There are a lot of boats in Tomales Bay and many of them are not going anywhere they re just parked in the bay The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the California State Lands Commission are jointly leading a multi agency effort to develop and implement strategies to improve ecosystem protection in Tomales Bay The eleven agencies

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  • September2007web
    MLPA meeting North Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group October 1 MLPA meeting Science Advisory Team October 16 Academy Lecture Exploring the Sierra Nevada as a Naturalist and an Artist at 2pm and 7 30pm Donate to FMSA today OceanFest 2007 Join the free celebration on Saturday October 6th from 11am 4pm at the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center on West Crissy Field in San Francisco Gourmet sustainable seafood and vegetarian food by top restaurants live music wine and beer exhibitors kids activities and more Continued Surfing with the Great Whites September marks the beginning of Indian summer in the Bay Area off shore breezes warm weather dissipating fog good surf and of course the return of white shark season Last month s shark attack at Marina State Beach near Monterey was a frightening reminder that we share the ocean with these majestic creatures Local Todd Endris was attacked while surfing Yet while many people panic at the idea of stepping into cold waters infested with 20 foot long mammal eating creatures much needs to be clarified about these misunderstood fish Continued Creating Underwater Parks Over one hundred years ago the American people set aside special places where wilderness would be protected places like Yosemite Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks places that reflect the character of a great nation in order to preserve them for our children and grandchildren Today with the implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act we have taken another important step in recognizing that such special places exist below the ocean s surface as well and such places deserve our protection Continued Wildlife Spotlight Shearwaters When you think of taking a wildlife watching trip in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary you might think of braving rough waters to see breaching whales and barking sea

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