National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

Shauna Bingham

Shauna Bingham

Shauna coordinates outreach, volunteers, and public affairs for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. She joined the sanctuary team in 1998 and since then she has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the Channel Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) volunteer program, a joint program between the sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park. The CINC program has over 140 volunteers trained to provide whale watch interpretation, guided island hikes, outreach, and research support for both agencies. Shauna came to CINMS from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History where she worked under a cooperative agreement with the sanctuary to start the original pilot whale watch volunteer program and conduct public education programs at the Sea Center aquarium. Before that she lived and worked on Catalina Island, where she taught hands-on marine science programs at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). Prior to CIMI, Shauna was a fellow for the White House and Presidents Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in Washington D.C., where she developed an interest in environmental education. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Political Science and Environmental Science and an MA in Secondary Science Education. She also received an A.S. degree in Marine Diving Technology at Santa Barbara City College, a program which includes training in surface supplied commercial diving, remote operated vehicles, and hyperbaric chambers and she holds her U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton captain's license and has been trained as an EMT. Shauna was born and raised in Southern California and spends her spare time boating and sharing her passion for the ocean with her family. 

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6421

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