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UCSB Ocean Science Education Building
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Main Office is located in the Ocean Science Education Building 514 on the UC Santa Barbara Campus. Photo: Robert Schwemmer, NOAA/CINMS

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Santa Barbara Main Office
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155
Office: 805-699-5422

zoomed into area on UCSB campus map
The sanctuary office is located within the Ocean Science Education Building on the corner of Lagoon Road and UCEN Road.

Coming to the UCSB campus? View the UCSB map and parking information. (On this map, the sanctuary office is within the Ocean Science Education Building, located at the UCSB map grid intersection of of column 5 between rows E and F.

At Santa Barbara Harbor (staff member present 1-2 days per week)
113 Harbor Way, Suite 150
Santa Barbara, CA. 93109

At Channel Islands Boating Center
3880 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035

Looking for some sanctuary exhibits? Visit our partners' facilities

Sanctuary Team Members

CINMS staff posing for a photo
Sanctuary staff gather on the outer deck of the Ocean Science Education Building.

To Report a Sanctuary Marine Enforcement Issue:

  1. Sanctuary resource emergency: 805-729-1271
  2. Californians Turn In Poachers & Polluters (CalTIP): 1-888-334-2258
  3. United States Coast Guard:
    1. By marine radio: Channel 16 Marine Band Radio
    2. By phone: 310-521-3600 (Sector LA/Long Beach emergency contact)
  4. EPA National Resource Center (for a spill): 800-424-8802
  5. NOAA Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-853-1964
  6. National Park Service (if in Channel Islands National Park): 559-565-4221 (National Park Dispatch Center)
uscg helicopter lowering a basket
The sanctuary collaborates with the United States Coast Guard on emergency response and enforcement. Photo: Robert Schwemmer, NOAA/CINMS

Wildlife Reporting Hotlines

To report a dead, injured, or stranded marine mammal along the West Coast (i.e., off California, Oregon, and Washington):

  1. West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline: 1-866-767-6114
  2. Regional Stranding Response Contacts

To report entangled marine mammals:

  1. Entanglement Reporting Hotline: 1-877-SOS-WHAL or 1-877-767-9425
  2. The U.S. Coast Guard via marine radio: VHF Ch. 16

To report marine wildlife harassments and other violations to law enforcement:

  1. NOAA Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-853-1964

To report lost fishing gear:

  1. Lost Fishing Gear Hotline: 1-855-542-3935

What information to report?

  1. Species or description of the animal
  2. Location (region/landmarks and/or specific location like GPS coordinates)
  3. Date and time the animal was last seen
  4. Approximate size of the animal (length and weight), take a photo with a phone if possible
  5. Condition of the animal (alive, dead, wounded, entangled, bleeding, etc.)
  6. Human interactions (evidence of ship strike, entangled, shooting, etc.)
  7. Tags or branding on the animal (if applicable)
  8. Name and contact number for the person reporting the incident
northern elephant seal resting on a rocky beach
Elephant seal taking a break on an isolated beach in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Robert Schwemmer, NOAA/CINMS