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.
Join the 2020 Nautilus Exploration Program to discover little-known regions of the deep sea along the North American West Coast, from British Columbia to Southern California. From October 12-15, 2020, this will include Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent Santa Lucia Bank. Education resources Webinar: Sept 29, 2020.
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!