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

Jessica Morten

Jessica Morten

Resource Protection Specialist, California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Greater Farallones Association, University of California Santa Barbara, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Jessica (Jess) Morten first joined the team at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in 2016 as a California Sea Grant Fellow, assisting with sanctuary advisory council operations and Resource Protection department projects. She has since moved into a contracted role, where she works to develop and distribute marine enforcement tools and helps to expand and manage Vessel Speed Reduction efforts within California to reduce the risk of ship strikes on endangered whales. Prior to joining the Channel Islands team, Jess spent two and a half years working in marine mammal field research around the United States, assisting with projects focused on evaluating the health of humpback, North Atlantic right, and killer whale populations. Later, as a Center for the Blue Economy Fellow at Environmental Defense Fund, she examined the effects of fisheries management efforts on regional food security. In the past, she has worked for Ocean Champions, Wildlife Trust, and the Whale Center of New England. Jessica has a BA in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6433

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