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Last week, we visited a Congressional forum convened by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) to consider President Donald Trump’s executive order on Marine Sanctuaries. We promised to revisit the event this week, and hear from some of the experts who gathered in Sausalito at the Bay Model to bolster opponents of downsizing the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones Sanctuaries. 

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Time is growing short to make your voice heard on the president's Executive Order to review and possibly shrink the National Marine Sanctuaries off the coast of Northern California, and elsewhere around the state and nation. The sanctuaries were expanded by President Obama in 2015 after extensive public input and hearings. In the first of two stories, Steve Mencher describes what the protections mean and what's at stake now.

Bottlenose Dolphins Now Frequenting the North Coast

Jan 6, 2017
Jackie Sones

Bottlenose dolphins have become increasingly frequent visitors along the north coast, as their range and numbers appear to be expanding.

The first bottlenose dolphin was spotted in San Francisco Bay more than 15 years ago, but Bill Keener of Golden Gate Cetacean Research it took them some time to begin venturing farther northward.

How Ocean Acidification Imperils the Lowly Sea Snail

Aug 20, 2016
Garbiel Ng

  Increasing acidity in the world’s oceans is affecting far more than coral reefs. A local researcher is studying how changing pH in seawater may alter the balance of life in tide pools along the North Coast.

Navy Signals Willingness to Protect Whales

Nov 16, 2015
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  The public comment period is now open on a move by the Navy to evaluate the harm their training exercises do to whales and dolphins. And, as Suzanne Petter reports, they have, for the first time,  indicated a possible willingness to make some changes in their procedures.