Management Plan

cover of the most recent management plan cordell bank national marine sanctuary

Sanctuaries engage in a management plan process on a periodic basis to evaluate site specific goals and objectives and management effectiveness. The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Final Management Plan (2014) (2.47 MB) builds on the two previous editions of the management plan, published in 1989 and 2008.

The management plans lays the foundation for management of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary resources, habitats and uses for the next five to ten years. It describes key sanctuary management issues and describes strategies to address them in five action plans: Education and Outreach, Resource Protection, Partnerships with Community Groups, Conservation Science and Administration.

Some of the issues included are: emergency and preparedness response, ship strikes of whales, ocean anthropogenic noise, fishing gear and impacts on benthic habitats, and marine debris. The plan also contains cross-cutting action plans to facilitation coordination among the staffs of Cordell Bank, Gulf of the (now "Greater") Farallones, and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries, and the West Coast Regional Office.

Supporting Documents

The management plan is supported by a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) (14.5 MB) for expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries, published in December 2014.

The FEIS provides detailed information and analysis of a range of reasonable alternatives and analysis of potential environmental, cultural and socioeconomic impacts for the then-proposed expansion of the two sanctuaries' boundaries. In addition, this FEIS includes a summary of public comments received on the draft EIS, draft management plans and proposed rule, and NOAA’s responses to those comments.

Management actions are implemented in accordance with regulations. The final rule (318 KB) for the sanctuaries’ expansion was published March 12, 2015. The regulations described in it as well as the revised terms of designation (91 KB) and management plan became effective on June 9, 2015, after a review period of 45 days of continuous session of Congress. Thenotice of the effective date of the regulations (7 KB) was printed in the Federal Register on June 15, 2015. The notice also announced that effective June 15, 2015, NOAA changed the name of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to "Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary" and made some corresponding technical corrections to the regulations.

Libraries with Copies of the Management Plan and EIS

The following libraries have copies of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries' final management plans (2014) and the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones Expansion Final Environmental Impact Statement (2014). These documents were produced prior to the name change from "Gulf of the" to "Greater" Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Friends of Coast Community Library
225 Main St.
Point Arena, CA 95468

Mendocino County Main Branch Library
105 N. Main St.
Ukiah, CA 95482

Sonoma County Public Library
Cloverdale Regional Library
401 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425

Sonoma County Public Library
Guerneville Regional Library
14107 Armstrong Woods Rd.
Guerneville, CA 95446

Sonoma County Public Library
Santa Rosa Central Library
211 E St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Sonoma County Public Library
Sebastopol Regional Library
7140 Bodega Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Sonoma County Public Library
Petaluma Regional Library
100 Fairgrounds Drive
Petaluma, CA 94952

U.C. Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory Library
2099 Westside Rd.
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Marin County Free Library
Civic Center Library
3501 Civic Center Dr. #427
San Rafael, CA 94903

Marin County Free Library
Point Reyes Library
11431 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

San Rafael Public Library
Downtown Library
1100 E Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

San Francisco Public Library
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102