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.

Draft Management Plan Available for Public Review

A draft management plan and draft environmental assessment was released for public review on Dec. 17, 2021. Comments are being accepted through Feb. 24, 2022.


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.


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.