Who We Are

ACCESS is a private/public partnership that supports marine wildlife conservation and healthy marine ecosystems in north-central California by conducting ocean research to inform resource managers, policy makers and conservation partners.

Effective management and conservation of natural resources requires adaptive management strategies that are informed by robust analysis of past and present data and information at an ecosystem scale.

ACCESS focuses on the oceanic habitats in Federal and State waters of northern and central California, encompassing Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries.

ACCESS was formed by Point Blue Conservation Science, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Partners include the Greater Farallones Association, University of California Davis – Bodega Marine Lab, San Francisco State University – Estuary and Ocean Science Center, Pomona College, Hawai’i Pacific University, and several agencies including the California Department of Public Health, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex – Farallon Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the National Park Service.

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ACCESS team ready for a cruise on the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada (July 2018).  From left to right: Julie Baldocchi (Point Blue), Pam Schaffer (NOAA Teacher At Sea), Dru Devlin (GFA), Kirsten Lindquist (GFA), Meredith Elliott (Point Blue), Ryan Anderson (graduate student, SFSU, Estuary and Ocean Science Center), Jaime Jahncke (Point Blue), Carina Fish (graduate student, UC Davis, Bodega Marine Lab), and Grace Kumaishi (Point Blue). (Photo: Jaime Jahncke)

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