Management plan revision

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NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is revising the management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Over the last decade, sanctuary resources and environmental conditions have changed, creating new challenges and requirements for protecting resources and facilitating compatible use. At the same time, new tools for effective management have emerged, driven by scientific advances, technological innovation, and new partnerships. A re-evaluation of requirements and approaches, both current and future, will ensure that we and our partners are making the most effective use of programmatic resources.

Public engagement is central to NOAA's community-based approach to managing sanctuaries. We solicit public input at multiple stages throughout the two- to three-year revision process. You may submit comments during public comment periods and view comments submitted under docket number NOAA-NOS-2019-0110 at

Current status

The public scoping comment period closed on Nov. 15. We are reviewing comments and identifying issues to address in the draft management plan and environmental review.

Management plan review process


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


Public comment


Current Step

Management issue identification
Sanctuary Advisory Council input

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Council Input


Develop draft management plan and environmental review documents
Sanctuary Advisory Council input

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Council Input


Release draft management plan, environmental review, and proposed rule


Public review and comment on draft documents


Public comment


Prepare final management plan, environmental review, and final rule


Publish final management plan, final environmental review, and final rule

How to get involved and stay informed

Keep up to date on the management plan revision process, ask questions, and receive notifications when there are opportunities for public comment by requesting to be on the project's email list. Send a note to

For more information please see our FAQ page.

You may also attend public meetings of the Sanctuary Advisory Council, at which the management plan revision process will be a regularly discussed topic throughout the revision process. For meeting details, check here and request to be notified about advisory council meetings by emailing

Media resources are available online here.

Reports and documents

Additional and archived documents: