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!
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.