About Us

What we do

We are an organization dedicated to supporting the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We believe that through research, education, and public awareness of this unique and vital area, the Sanctuary and its marine life can be protected for future generations to enjoy.

Our Mission

  • Support scientific research conducted in the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) and surrounding areas
  • Support educational and outreach goals of CBNMS
  • Increase public awareness of the CBNMS and its programs that include conserving, protecting, and enhancing the Sanctuary’s marine biological resources
  • Support partnerships and a strong network between CBNMS and environmental organizations, citizens and agencies; and
  • Other purposes as provided by the Board of Directors consistent with the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law.

History of the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation was incorporated in 2008 by a group of dedicated individuals who saw a need to increase support and awareness of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS). These three people, Joe Smith, Tom Lambert, and Doreen Gurrola realized that the research and education goals of the CBNMS staff could not be attained with the federal government funding levels at the time, so they started the Foundation to increase the public awareness of the ecological importance of the Cordell Bank, and support the efforts of the Sanctuary staff to protect this vital area off the Northern California coast. In 2010, the size of the CMSF Board was increased and since then CMSF has continued to support many CBNMS educational and research programs. CMSF presented a series of lectures in Sonoma and Marin counties to educate people about the richness of this unique marine environment. The Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation continues its important role in supporting the research, education, and protection of this unseen wonder, just offshore.