As the result of a partnership with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary climate change working group, a comprehensive scoping document has been completed, offering the best available knowledge on observed and predicted physical and biological impacts from climate change in north-central California coastal waters (Point Arena to Año Nuevo), which includes Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries. Over 25 subject area experts from various institutions contributed to the report. The impacts report will provide a foundation to guide development and prioritization of research and monitoring activities that will ultimately inform future policy actions. The climate change impacts report is the precursor and companion to the climate change action plans that will be developed for each sanctuary. These plans will identify priority management actions that will be taken over the next 10 years to address the impacts of climate change specific to the sanctuary site, its communities, and the region.
During the first half of 2014, NOAA collected comments on the Proposed Expansion of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This proposed expansion area is north of the existing sanctuaries, and extends from Sonoma County’s Bodega Bay to Mendocino County’s Alder Creek. Learn more about the expansion.