Management plan revision

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Current status: Revision Process Complete - Final Management Plan Available

March 2023: the final management plan and final environmental assessment are available for download.

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has revised the management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The revision process began in October 2019 and concluded in March 2023. The final management plan describes priorities and strategies for managing the sanctuary over the next five to ten years. The management plan is accompanied by a final environmental assessment.

Periodic review of the sanctuary's management plan ensures that management actions effectively address current and emerging issues and protect sanctuary resources. Public engagement is central to NOAA's community-based approach to managing national marine sanctuaries, and helped shape the final management plan.

Management plan review process


Public scoping period and scoping meetings
October 1 - November 15, 2019


Public comment


Management issue identification
Sanctuary Advisory Council input.
January - May 2020

Advisory Council Graphic

Council Input


Prepare draft management plan and environmental review documents
Sanctuary Advisory Council input.
May 2020 - November 2021

Advisory Council Graphic

Council Input


Release draft management plan and draft environmental assessment.
December 17, 2021


Public review and comment on draft documents.
December 17, 2021 through February 24, 2022


Public comment


Prepare final management plan and final environmental assessment
March 2022 - February 2023


Publish final management plan and final environmental assessment
March 2023

Media resources are available online here.

Reports and documents

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