About Your Sanctuary

In 1980, a portion of the Santa Barbara Channel was given a special protected status with the designation of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is an area of national significance because of its exceptional natural beauty and resources. It encompasses approximately 1,470 square miles (or 1,110 square nautical miles) of ocean waters surrounding Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands, extending from mean high tide to six nautical miles offshore around each of these five islands. The primary goal of the sanctuary is the protection of natural and cultural resources contained within its boundaries.

 

 

For more information, contact:
Santa Barbara Main Office
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-6155
Office: 805.893.6437
Fax: 805.893.6438

 


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