A fur seal being released
NOAA staff release a northern fur seal in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

Research and education activities in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary may require a sanctuary permit (in addition to state and/or other federal permits). Timely submission of permit requests is required and all permit applications must be submitted one month in advance. Information on how to apply for a permit and answers to frequently asked questions is available on the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website. See our Regulations page for permit regulation details (from 15 CFR ยง 922.74).