Cordell Bank

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary was established in 1989 to protect and preserve the extraordinary marine ecosystem surrounding the Cordell Bank. Surrounded by soft sediments of the continental shelf seafloor, Cordell Bank emerges with a rocky habitat, providing home to colorful and abundant invertebrates, algae, and fishes.

Sanctuary News/Calendar of Events


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Cordell Bank is a fine dining destination for many, find out who? Click here for a downloadable video. Click here to view a high resolution version on YouTube. 

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Cordell Bank: A National Treasure - A mesmerizing glance at the diversity of marine life that visit Cordell Bank or make it their home.Click here for a downloadable video. Click here to view a high resolution version on YouTube. 

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Meet the animal that truly is the cash crop for the ocean waters within Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Click here for a downloadable video. Click here to view a high resolution version on YouTube. This hand-drawn short film was created by Drew Christie

Sanctuary Radio Program: Tune into the Ocean

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Heirs to Our Oceans - Youth take ocean education and conservation by storm

May 7th, 2018

Guests: April Peebler, Charley Peebler, Aislinn Clark - Heirs to our Oceans

Heirs to our Oceans is a rising tide of youth leaders learning about the vital life giving habitat that is the blue ocean. Educating themselves and others is part of their mission as is speaking up and getting involved in activism and conservation. These students are learning about what their generation will be inheriting and getting involved now. Meet a few of the Heirs and about the issues they work on.

Positively Ocean Episode: Positively Ocean: Single Use Plastic Straws-have you had your last straw?

Produced by Liz Fox

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Tomales Bay: Whats going on upstream and downstream

April 7th, 2018

Guests: Terry Sawyer

Terry Sawyer, co-owner of Hog Island Oyster Company, board foundation member of the Tomales Bay Watershed Council and elected board member to the Marin Resource Conservation District talks about what projects are happening to address the health of Tomales Bay. As a stakeholder and oyster farmer, the health of the bay is of utmost importance, learn about upstream conservation actions and downstream monitoring activity that are helping all stakeholders learn more about this incredible body of water that is stewarded by NOAA/Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA State Parks and others.

Positively Ocean Episode: How Sea Turtles are getting a helping hand during winter months on the East Coast.

Produced by Liz Fox

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The Return of Harbor Porpoise to San Francisco Bay

March 7th, 2018

Guests: Bill Keener, Jim Sugar and Jessica Sison

Harbor porpoise disappeared from San Francisco Bay in the 1960's and 70's and in recent years have returned heartily. Biologist Bill Keener from the Golden Gate Cetacean Society talks about their return and filmmakers Jim Sugar and Jessica Sison talk about the film The Return of the Harbor Porpoise to San Francisco Bay, a award winning film that documents the history and good news story of the return of the porpoises to the once periled waters of the bay.