Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries off northern California will both more than double in size following a final rule released today by NOAA. The expansion will help to protect the region’s marine and coastal habitats, biological resources and special ecological features.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located 42 miles north of San Francisco, will expand from 529 square miles to 1,286 square miles. Gulf of the Farallones will expand from 1,282 square miles to 3,295 square miles of ocean and coastal waters.
The U.S. Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is having a web conference call of its Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The web conference calls are open to the public, and participants can dial in to the calls. Participants who choose to use the web conferencing feature in addition to the audio will be able to view the presentations as they are being given.
Members of the public wishing to participate in the meeting must register in advance by Friday, April 3, 2015. The meeting will be held Monday, April 6, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change.