Manage

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.

A kelp forest

Management plan

The sanctuary’s current management plan, published in 2009, guides activities at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and identifies priority management issues and actions proposed to address them.

A sanctuary advisory council meeting

Management plan revision process

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is revising its management plan, and relies on public input to help shape future activities.

Seals and sea lions on a beach in the distance

Regulations

Federal regulations established by NOAA help protect resources at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, under the authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

A diver grabs onto a chain

Permits

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.