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

Michael Murray

mike murray

Deputy Superintendent for Programs

As Deputy Superintendent for Programs since 2008, Michael Murray assists with overall management of the sanctuary and works to integrate and enhance resource protection, research and monitoring, education and outreach, and maritime heritage program areas.  Michael first joined the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) in 1999, and since then has enjoyed helping to connect the local community with management of the sanctuary through his ongoing role as coordinator of the Sanctuary Advisory Council.  Prior to joining CINMS, Michael worked as a planner for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries from 1995-1999 in Seattle, Washington on a feasibility study for a proposed National Marine Sanctuary site.  Michael has also studied the management of marine protected areas (MPAs) since 1996, and was active in MPA planning for Puget Sound in Washington State from 1997-1999.  Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the editorial board for MPA News, an international newsletter.  Michael holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Policy and Planning from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.  Raised in Hawaii and a life-long surfer, Michael enjoys living on the coast of Santa Barbara, California.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6418

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