More than 3,000 underwater color photographs (35mm transparencies) of Cordell Bank taken between 1977 and 1986 by SCUBA divers from the independent research group Cordell Expeditions were donated to the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) in San Francisco. The photographs complement the collection of biological specimens collected by Cordell Expeditions that have been curated at CAS. California Academy of Sciences research staff has digitally scanned all of the images and posted over 350 images online through CalPhotos.
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.