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 § 922.74).