Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary protects 1,470 square miles of ocean waters around the Northern Channel Islands: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara islands. A special place for endangered species, sensitive habitats, historic shipwrecks, and cultural resources, the sanctuary provides protection through research, education, conservation, and stewardship.

Apply now for Sanctuary Advisory Council Membership

Learn more about several positions on the advisory council that are open for application. Application deadline: January 31, 2020.

Management Plan Revision

The sanctuary’s management plan is being revised and public input is requested from October 1 through November 15, 2019. Learn more about the management plan revision!

Visit

A boat tour of painted cave

A quiet refuge located just offshore from Southern California’s bustling coastline, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is an ideal destination for boaters, fishers, and nature and water enthusiasts.

Get Involved

Volunteers making paper crafts

Through community-based engagement and volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of ways to get involved with your national marine sanctuary.

Learn

Fish swim in a kelp forest

From pristine kelp forests to deep sea coral gardens, learn more about the “Galapagos of the North” and the education programs supported by Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Science and research

A NOAA research vessel next to Santa Cruz Island

Sanctuary staff conduct and coordinate cutting-edge marine science to support management of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.