National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) does not have a GIS-based database for all of the pinniped haulout sites in California. Much of the information is known through word of mouth or in unpublished literature (e.g., academic research) that may be lost over time. In the past, many projects occurring along the California coastline included components that impacted marine mammals. However, determining whether a project may impact marine mammals, specifically pinnipeds, has been challenging for those unfamiliar with pinniped behavior.
Bay Plan Map 5 Identifies a seal haul out location at the southern shore of Alameda and directs the commission to "Protect Harbor Seal Hault-Out and pupping site where harbor seals rest, give birth, and nurse their young. Projects allowed only if protective of harbor seals and other sensitive wildlife."
The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is conducting initial Plan activities for the central SF Bay to the Golden Gate.
Generalized cartographic representation of ports and harbors.