Through education, conservation, science, and stewardship, Channel Islands
National Marine Sanctuary provides protection to its extraordinary natural and cultural resources so
that nature can thrive, historic shipwrecks and artifacts remain respectfully in place, cultural
connections remain strong, and careful public use and enjoyment can be sustained. Designated
in 1980 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the sanctuary spans 1,470
square miles surrounding five of the Channel Islands: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa
and Santa Barbara. Explore our web site and enjoy!
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Congratulates Third Place Winner Cindy Shaw!
National marine sanctuaries provide an idyllic setting for a variety of recreational activities
- this category celebrates the people who visit them.
3rd Place Beginning his ascent from a dive boat in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary,
this diver was greeted by schools of fish surrounding the rocky reefs of San Miguel Island.
Credit: Cindy Shaw
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is accepting
applications for membership on the Sanctuary Advisory Council. Ten (10) positions
are open and applications are due by June 6, 2016. Read more about this opportunity
Visit our booth at the National Safe Boating Expo this
coming Saturday, May 9th, at the Coast Guard Station Channel Islands! Talk with Channel Islands
Naturalist Corps volunteers, who will have brochures, maps and lots of other great information
about best practices for boating in the sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park.
NOAA recently announced the expansion
of two sanctuaries off California’s north-central coast, more than doubling the size of the Gulf of
the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries. See what the White House had to say
about this big news...
2015, a team of NOAA-led researchers will explore the deep seafloor environment of Channel Islands
National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) aboard NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada. NOAA scientists will study the
condition of deep-sea corals in this area and monitor water chemistry to assess this ecosystem's
vulnerability ocean acidification. The team will also document previously unmapped areas of the
sanctuary's deep seafloor.
In 2015 1,585 volunteers donated
78,232 hours to the help the Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine
Sanctuary. Read more about our amazing volunteers and how we gave thanks for their many
Kicking off in February 2015, the Sanctuary
Advisory Council's Marine Shipping Working Group will develop recommendations to address a variety
of marine shipping issues. Find out more about plans for this important group.
Gold Medal Award for Whale Protection
The Department of Commerce has
awarded a Gold Medal to a group of NOAA staff whose teamwork was instrumental in the International
Maritime Organization changing the placement of shipping lanes within and around four California
national marine sanctuaries to improve protection to endangered whales while supporting maritime
trade and commerce.
Islands Marine Protected Areas (MPA) interactive web-based map highlights the 11 marine reserves and
2 marine conservation that are part of the Channel Islands MPA network. Viewers can zoom in and out
of the interactive map which shows the bathymetry and topography of the Channel Islands and includes
reserve boundaries, coordinates and island information. Photos and video clips from each of the MPAs
highlight key species and critical habitats and give viewers a visual connection to these special
The weather kiosk features real-time online weather updates and practical
information about effects of weather on ocean conditions in the Santa Barbara channel and Channel Islands
National Marine Sanctuary. By presenting real-time weather updates, the weather kiosk also serves as
safety tool local sailors and fishermen. They can use
the kiosk for up-to-the-minute reports on weather and ocean conditions. In addition, the weather
section provides reports on various weather related topics. Forecasts, wind models,
satellite and radar images, tide and current conditions and even data streamed from weather buoys are
all available through links to various web services.