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

Rocio Lozano-Knowlton

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President, Multicultral Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans (MERITO™) Foundation

Roco Lozano-Knowlton serves as President of the MERITO Foundation, and was coordinator of the MERITO Academy Program for NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary since 2005. Roco has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from UABC in Ensenada Mexico, and a M. Sc. in Marine Resource Protection from Herriot Watt University in Scotland. The MERITO program builds stewardship for National Marine Sanctuaries, raises awareness of ocean issues and increases the interest of STEM underrepresented youth in science and resource protection by integrating Earth & ocean science into public education and extended learning programs. Between 1996-2005 Roco co-owned and managed a SCUBA diving and eco-tourism business in South Baja, Mexico and worked as a marine resource protection consultant for non-for profit marine conservation organizations in the Gulf of California and the Baja California Peninsula.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-729-0442

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