Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary protects one of our nation's most treasured marine environments so that current and future generations can use and enjoy it. The sanctuaries work with partners and the Sanctuary Advisory Council to promote long-term conservation of sanctuary waters, wildlife, habitats, ecosystems, and maritime archaeological resources, while allowing compatible human uses.
The sanctuary's current management plan, published in 2023, guides activities at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and identifies priority management issues and actions proposed to address them.
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary conducted a public process to revise its management plan, wrapping up in 2023.
Federal regulations established by NOAA help protect resources at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, under the authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
Research and education activities in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary may require a sanctuary permit (in addition to other state and federal permits). Timely submission of permit requests is required and all permit applications must be submitted one month in advance.
The sanctuary works closely with partners like the shipping industry to balance conservation and commerce in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Compliance with regulations is essential for protecting biodiversity and habitats and providing long-term social and economic benefits. Community support is built through education and outreach, and effective enforcement, which in turn enhances compliance with regulations.