Deeperblue’s own Scuba Editor, Francesca Koe, has been been selected to serve on the prestigious Board of Trustees for the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association.
This new position finds Francesca among 14 other very accomplished peers, whose roles as trustees brings a commitment to raising public awareness of the Sanctuary and its critical mission of protecting an iconic, biodiverse and truly unique oceanographic location. Francesca will support hands-on educational & volunteer programming, and offer research & exploration opportunities for students and scientists alike.
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’s wildlife and habitats through the development of a diverse community of informed and active ocean stewards. Collaborating closely with the Sanctuary staff, they coordinate and sponsor programming and initiatives that ensure the Sanctuary is protected. From education to research and volunteer programming, the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association works to build a concerned and aware public network to promote this goal.
Designated in 1981 because of its rich biological diversity, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) surrounds the peaks of the Farallon Islands off of the Golden Gate. The Sanctuary encompasses over 1,200 square miles of Open Ocean and coastal waters as well as bays and estuaries—from Bodega Head in Sonoma County all the way down along the San Mateo County coast. The islands in its midst serve as breeding grounds for more seabirds than any other area in the contiguous United States.
The Sanctuary contains vital nursery and spawning grounds for many fish and shellfish. At least 36 species of marine mammals have been observed within its borders, including 25 endangered species, such as the blue and humpback whales.
Deeperblue and staff wish Francesca success in her new position and the many other endless endeavours she undertakes for the protection of our oceans.