Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (Advisory
Council) was central to the development of the Channel Islands
marine protected areas network, and remains essential to providing
community input on management of the network.
Recognizing the importance of the Advisory Council’s unique
role and valuable local knowledge, the California Department of
Fish and Game and California Fish and Game Commission recognize
the Advisory Council as the leading community body providing input
on monitoring, enforcement and education of the reserves network.
The Advisory Council’s Research Activities Panel has led
the way in pulling together a variety of scientists focused on
developing, implementing, assessing and reporting on biological
monitoring of the marine reserves. The Sanctuary Education Team
has helped to develop several valuable marine reserves outreach
products, such as brochures, and has helped to guide Sanctuary
resources through the prioritization of programs and products.
The Advisory Council’s commercial and recreational fishing
working groups provide an ongoing forum for the fishing community
to learn more about marine reserves and help inform management
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