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Photo of a garibaldi fish in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Here on this website you will discover an incredible array of marine life and habitats as well as rich and vibrant cultural connections and maritime history

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!

White House Recognizes Sanctuary
Expansions in Californiaphoto of coral reef and fish

N​​OAA 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...​

Deep-Sea Coral Research Expedition
on NOAA Ship Bell M. ShimadaBell M Shimada vessel

In March 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.

Apply Now for
Advisory Council Membershipvolunteer photo

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is accepting applications for membership on the Sanctuary Advisory Council. Ten positions are open and applications are due by March 31, 2015. Read more about this opportunity here.

Thank You Volunteers!volunteer photo

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 contributions.

Marine Shipping Working Group Convening in 2015

photo of a whale tail

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 Work

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.

Interactive Channel Islands Map

channel islands interactive mapThe Channel 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 places.

Online Weather Kiosk Real time Weather Updates

volunteers on the beach

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.

OCTOS is Coming!

OCTOSOCTOS is the Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science, a collaborative project between Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) and University of California Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute (UCSB MSI). The outer shell of the OCTOS building was completed in 2013, located on the UCSB campus between the Marine Science Institute (MSI) and the new CINMS headquarters. OCTOS exhibits are not yet completed, but fundraising efforts are underway.  OCTOS will increase ocean and scientific literacy as well as environmental stewardship by engaging visitors in the process of scientific discovery. OCTOS will immerse visitors in diverse undersea experiences including a virtual dive, two story kelp tank, wet lab, whole earth spherical display showing global ocean processes, and an immersive theater that connects students and scientists from around the world. As a LEED TM Gold building, OCTOS will provide a model of sustainable design with exhibits and programs that demonstrate ways that visitors can reduce their own energy use and inspire action for ocean conservation.

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