A Management Plan guides current and future activities at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and identifies priority management issues and actions proposed to address them. The document describes planned actions to expand research, education, outreach, and enforcement programs, create and enhance partnerships, improve wildlife protections, develop a water quality program, and reduce pollution impacts from vessels. The Management Plan also contains information about the Sanctuary's environment, staffing and administration, regulations and boundary, operational and programmatic costs, and performance measures. Published in 2009 and resulting from several years of study, planning and extensive public input, the plan represents a major revision of the sanctuary's original 1983 management plan.

2009 FINAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Final Management Plan (FMP) contains information about the Sanctuary's environment, staffing and administration, regulations and boundary, operational and programmatic costs, priority management issues and the actions proposed to address them, and performance measures. (The FMP is Volume I of a two-volume set. Volume II is the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), described below)

Download the Final Management Plan


Management Plan Documents

To download the management plan and associated documents, including the Final Environmental Impact Statement (2009) and Final Rule (2009), refer to the Reports & Documents page.

 

Regulations
 
Changes to sanctuary regulations accompanied the completion of a revised management plan in 2009. Taking legal effect on March 19, 2009, the regulation changes clarify and strengthen protections for marine habitats, sensitive species, water quality and submerged cultural and historical resources. Highlights of the regulatory changes include:
  • Protecting natural ecosystems from the introduction of non-native species
  • Protecting the area’s water quality by prohibiting harmful vessel discharges
  • Prohibiting discharges beyond the boundary of the sanctuary that enter and damage the sanctuary’s resources
  • Improving habitat protection by limiting or prohibiting activities that impact the sea floor
To review sanctuary regulations:
  • The revised regulations are reprinted on the Regulations page
  • Full text of the revised regulations is also contained in the January 16, 2009 Final Rule, available from the Reports & Documents page (see last three pages of the Final Rule for the regulations)
  • A summary of regulation changes is contained on Page 7 of the brochure “Final Management Plan: A Summary Guide”, available from the Reports & Documents page.
 
For more information about the Management Plan, refer to menu links on this page (at left),email the Management Plan Coordinator at cinms.mgtplan@noaa.gov
or call (805) 893-6418

 

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