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

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Visitor Centers
Learn about sanctuary resources such as shipwrecks without getting your feet wet at our mainland visitor centers!

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Stay informed and don't miss out on fun and interesting sanctuary events, public meetings of the sanctuary advisory council, and other special occasions. To sign up, just send an email to CINMS will not share your email address with others, and you can request to be removed from the list at any time.

Channel Islands Naturalist Corps

volunteer photoThe Channel Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) are a group of specially trained volunteers dedicated to educating passengers on board whale watch vessels visiting Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park (CINP). Volunteers are also trained to lead island hikes within the national park, participate in numerous local outreach events and to conduct citizen science, including the collection of valuable research on marine mammals and other important sanctuary and park resources.

Ocean Communicators Alliance

wave photoCreating a Strong Voice for the Ocean in California
The California Ocean Communicators Alliance is a group of more than 300 professionals in ocean-related organizations, agencies and businesses who, in the course of their work, reach millions of Californians with ocean messages. NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the California Natural Resources Agency and aquarium partners organized and support the California Ocean Communicators Alliance. OCA members collaborate on common ocean messages and promote the Thank You Ocean public awareness campaign.

Ocean Etiquette

thankyouocean photoThe National Marine Sanctuary Program has partnered with NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources to pass on the message of Ocean Etiquette. Knowing how to interact with ocean wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species, and thousands of other species’ lives at risk.

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation

california marine sanctuary foundation logoThe California Marine Sanctuary Foundation advances the understanding and protection of the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries and other coastal and ocean resources in California. Since inception the Foundation has supported many dozens of projects in education, research, and resource protection for conserving and protecting California’s extraordinary marine environment and resources. Want to help Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary? Find out how at

NMSF thumbnail If you’re interested in providing additional support to your national marine sanctuaries, you may want to consider ways to get involved with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3),tax-exempt organization (Tax ID # 94-3370994).

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