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

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are closed to the public while the waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance 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

Rocío 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. Rocío 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 Rocío 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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