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GREATER FARALLONES ASSOCIATION

Our mission is to protect, restore, and inspire coastal and marine life conservation, for the Greater Farallones and beyond.

aka GFA   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.farallones.org

Mission

Greater Farallones Association is dedicated to protecting the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary's wildlife and habitats by developing an informed and active community of ocean stewards. Our citizen science programs monitor the health of marine life within the Sanctuary, help the public protect their local coastal areas, and provide ocean education for youth in grades K-12.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Monika Krach

Main address

991 Marine Drive P.O. Box 29386

San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

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EIN

94-3227237

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students)

LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) is a collaborative, statewide citizen science program developed to provide authentic, hands-on coastal monitoring experiences that empower teachers, students, and the community to conduct real science and become stewards of the ocean.

Two distinct monitoring programs make up the core of the LiMPETS network: the Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program and the Sandy Beach Monitoring Program. Both programs are designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scientific process firsthand. Through research-based monitoring and standardized protocols, students develop their problem solving skills, gain experience using tools and methods employed by field scientists, and learn to analyze data.

Visit: http://limpetsmonitoring.org

Population(s) Served

Started in 1993, the Beach Watch program is the first line of defense against oil spills, global climate change and other coastal disasters.  Every month, highly trained volunteers monitor wildlife on beaches along the coast of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. 

Beach Watch data allows Sanctuary scientists to determine changes in abundance and distribution of live and beached species over time.  Whether changes are human-caused or naturally occurring, Beach Watch data alerts scientists to environmental abnormalities such as wildlife mortality events. 
 
As a result of Beach Watch’s long-term data, the program plays a major role in determining the effects of global climate change on the marine environment, as well as plays a pivotal role in assessing damages in oil spill and other disasters.

In addition, during severe impacts to the marine environment, such as the recent Cosco Busan oil spill, Beach Watch provides a baseline dataset to determine when the environment has returned to normalcy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Greater Farallones Visitor Center at Crissy Field offers hands-on, lively programs on many marine topics. Highly interactive and NGSS standards-based, programs are 90 minutes long and include outdoor activities in the marine environment adjacent to Crissy Field, hands-on lab activities in the Sanctuary’s Pier Classroom and indoor explorations of the Visitor Center’s marine life and ecosystem exhibits.
 
The Oceans At Your School Program brings exciting hands-on ocean science directly to Bay Area classrooms. Led by our team of marine science educators, our programs bring to life diverse topics such as Crabs (K-3rd), Seabirds (3rd-5th), Sharks (4th-6th), Otters & Ocean Germs (5th-7th), Ocean Acidification (7th-12th) and Deep Sea Corals (9th-12th). All programs are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and NOAA Ocean and Climate Principles.

The Oceans After School Program, using the endless appeal of the Sanctuary’s wildlife and habitats, offers ongoing, hands-on classes on topics such as sharks, salmon, seabirds, whales, squid and plankton. Our educators deliver eight, two-hour programs to after-school programs serving primarily at-risk San Francisco children in grades 3-5 during an 8 to 12 week window tailored to each school’s scheduling needs. Of the 12 sites served by the program annually, 10 are schools where the percentage of socioeconomically disadvantaged children ranges from 61-97%.

The Fisherman in The Classroom Program is an exciting opportunity to bring the men and women who make a living off the sea into the classroom to discuss this vital and challenging industry with Bay Area students. The particular background and personality of each fisherman is reflected in each program making the Fisherman in the Classroom program rich and experiential for the student. The fishermen use games and slide shows, and props such as crab traps, Humbolt squid, Dungeness crabs and fishing gear to provide a lively and interdisciplinary program that covers subjects as diverse as biology, economics, social science and oceanography.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

The Greater Farallones Ocean Climate Program builds resilience of the North-central California coast and ocean to climate change through awareness, action, collaboration, and leadership, while implementing and promoting best practices in climate-smart conservation.

Population(s) Served

Since 2013, the Greater Farallones Association, in partnership with Marin County Parks, the Army Corps of Engineers, and hard-working volunteers, has implemented the Kent Island Restoration Project. The project includes hand-removing non-native plant species such as fennel, ice plant, french broom, and European beachgrass, that anchor the island and trap unwanted sediment. Removing invasives helps restore the island’s naturally-shifting dune habitat, facilitates return of native plants and the animals that depend on them for food and shelter, and improves water and sediment transport throughout the lagoon.

Thanks to the project, captured sediment is being released and native plants are returning to Kent Island.

The Greater Farallones Association, in partnership with UC Davis and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, leads the removal of invasive European green crabs in Seadrift Lagoon, a man-made lagoon tidally linked to Bolinas Lagoon. Green crabs are a threat to native species and marine habitat. These highly-adaptable predators eat shrimp, clams, oysters, and small dungeness crabs, which are important food sources for birds and marine life as well as economic stability of local commercial fisheries.

Since 2009, local volunteers have participated in the removal of green crabs, providing a community-building opportunity that increases local knowledge of the lagoons and fosters stewardship of West Marin’s ecological resources. Removed crabs are donated to local farms for use as fertilizer, making this a truly surf-to-turf project.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Ensure the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary remains an ecologically diverse and globally significant ocean environment.

Provide opportunities to comprehensively engage communities of ocean conservation stewards through citizen science and education offerings.
Expand protection of GFNMS and providing a model for support of MPA's through local community building efforts.
Develop public awareness and understanding of climate change through the promotion of Sanctuary produced ocean climate indicators and climate change forecast modeling.
Support Sanctuary efforts to help coastal communities plan for climate change by implementing National Marine Sanctuary/GFNMS Resilient Green Coastal Community Restoration projects in Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay.
Support efforts to identify new species/habitats and ocean conservation and climate change management best practices for the Sanctuary through deep sea exploration and a university-partner research fellows program.

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GREATER FARALLONES ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 07/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Loomans

Terrence Gosliner

California Academy of Sciences

Francesca Koe

NRDC

Bob Wilson

Board Member: Polar Bears International

Ed Uber

former superintendent of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Jeff Loomans

Tech entrepreneur

Manon Baze

Victor Belfor

Conversica LLC

Dustin Ellis

Oracle

George Brewster

Ashfield Capital Partners

Gary Root

Same Day Seafood

Thom Maslow

Treasure Island Sailing

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/3/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
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