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2016 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Congratulates Third Place Winner Cindy Shaw!

Sanctuary Portraits

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

National Safe Boating Expo

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.

The White House Blog: Protecting Vital Waters as Marine Sanctuaries

Forty years ago, President Ford approved the designation of the country’s first marine sanctuary — the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, protecting the shipwreck of one of the most famous Civil War ironclads. Since then, 13 other marine protected areas have been added to the Sanctuary system, encompassing more than 150,000 square miles of ocean along our coasts, in the Great Lakes, and near the Hawaiian islands and American Samoa.

Like the Monitor, some of these sanctuaries and monuments provide insight into our nation’s history. Others protect areas rich in biological diversity and significant for scientific research and discovery. Many are economically valuable for fishing, tourism, and recreation. Together, the network of sanctuaries helps preserve a natural resource that all Americans depend on, no matter where they live: a healthy and thriving ocean.

And now, the Obama administration is making that treasured network even stronger. 

NOAA announced today that it is expanding two existing sanctuaries off California’s North-central coast. The expansion will more than double the current size of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries, ensuring that we are protecting all that the region has to offer — from its biologically rich habitats primed for fishing and scientific research to the seascapes and shipwrecks that attract tourists and explorers. Read more......

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

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. Data collected during this cruise will help provide ocean resource managers with the tools needed preserve this amazing place. Data collected during this cruise will shine a light on how these ecosystems are impacted by a variety of stresses facing them such as ocean acidification (OA). Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), a team of NOAA scientists will study the condition of deep-sea Lophelia pertusa corals in this area and monitor water chemistry in and around reefs to assess this ecosystem's vulnerability to OA. The team will also document previously unmapped areas of the sanctuary's deep seafloor. A cruise fact sheet is available herepdf (468 KB). Click herepdf (296 KB) to find out more about the expedition team. For more information, please contact Shauna Bingham at, and visit our partner pages below:

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program
Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE)
NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada

Formation of new Marine Shipping Working Group approved by Sanctuary Advisory Council

At their public meeting on January 24, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California, members of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council voted unanimously (16-0) to approve formation of a new Marine Shipping Working Group.  Plans call for the working group to convene stakeholders, agencies, experts and industry representatives to develop recommendations on: reducing the risk of ship strikes on endangered whales; decreasing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; improving navigational safety and promoting efficient maritime shipping throughout the region; and reducing conflicts with other ocean users (e.g. naval operations).

Know Before You Cross the Santa Barbara Channel: Traffic Separation Scheme Amendment in Effect

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is amended the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Santa Barbara Channel and the approach to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, effective June 1, 2013. The TSS amendment reduces the width of the separation zone from 2 nautical miles (nm) to 1 nm by shifting the inbound lane shoreward and away from known whale concentrations. The outbound lane remains unchanged. Narrowing the separation zone is expected to reduce co-occurrence of ships and whales while maintaining navigational safety. For the official US Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) please see:, page 2, and for the IMO-approved coordinates and graphics depicting the TSS amendments go to the enclosures section. For more information from the sanctuary office, contact

We've Moved! New Office Location for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

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As of Monday, June 3, 2013 the main offices for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary were moved to:

   University of California Santa Barbara
   Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
   Santa Barbara, CA, 93106-6155

Our main phone number and fax number remains the same:
   Phone: 805-966-7107
   Fax: 805-568-1582

Direct phone numbers for our staff have changed, and are posted here.
Although our main office has been relocated, we have retained limited office space at the Santa Barbara Harbor, home port for NOAA research vessels Shearwater and Shark Cat. Also, we will soon have a single-person office space within the new Channel Islands Boating Center at 3880 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035.

We thank you for updating any sanctuary office contact information you have in your records. Come visit us!




For more information, contact:

Shauna Bingham, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155


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