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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!

Vessel Speed Reduction Trial Programvolunteer photo

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, and the Environmental Defense Center have launched a new trial incentive program to slow ships down in the Santa Barbara Channel in an effort to reduce air pollution and increase protection of endangered whales. Selected ships will reduce their speed to 12 knots or less (reduced from typical speeds of 14-18 knots) as they travel between Point Conception and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach between July through October 2014 and receive $2,500 per transit. The trial program is modeled after similar, successful programs at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, where 90 percent of shipping lines participate. Slowing ships down reduces the likelihood a ship strike on a whale will be fatal and reduces fuel consumption, substantially lowering the amount of emitted air pollution.

New App! Experience California Sanctuariesmpa map

New App! Experience California Sanctuaries
The National Marine Sanctuaries: Experience California mobile app provides users the ultimate utility in planning their next vacation in and around Monterey Bay, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

Thank You Volunteers!volunteer photo

Last year 1,154 volunteers donated 73,812 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 to Convene

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The Sanctuary Advisory Council unanimously approved formation of a new Marine Shipping Working Group on January 24, 2014.  Find out more about plans for this important group.

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

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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 though 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.

Marine Mammal Sightings Database

sea lion photoThe Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Marine Mammal Sightings Database. With this database, you can record mammal sightings as well as search for them. The majority of sightings in the database were collected by Channel Islands Naturalist Corps Volunteers Database records date back as far as 1999 Click here to enter the database

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