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

Citizen Science

In addition to their valuable education and outreach role,
Channel Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) volunteers are also trained to conduct citizen science, including the collection of valuable research on marine mammals and other important resources within Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park.

CINC citizen science data currently supports the following research projects:

Whale Alert

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Marine Mammal Sightings Database

Cascadia Research Collective

American Cetacean Society- LA Chapter Orca

State of California Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program

Additional Citizen Science opportunities:

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

LiMPETS: Long-term Monitoring Program & Experiential Training

Reef Check - California











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