Management plan revision

arch point

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is revising the management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Public scoping is the first phase in the revision process, and the public can comment through November 15 on the scope of issues and programs to be considered within an updated plan. Comments may be submitted online, by mail, or in person at the public scoping meetings.

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 will solicit public input at multiple stages throughout the two- to three-year revision process. See below for additional details, and learn more at our management plan revision FAQ page.

Current status

Public scoping comment period open. We are seeking public comments from October 1 through November 15, 2019. See the Notice of Intent published on October 1, 2019.

How to comment

Public commenting is open through November 15, 2019. You may submit scoping comments in three ways:

computer icon


Use the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal online at Enter the docket number NOAA–NOS–2019-0110, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

letter icon


UCSB Ocean Science Edu Bldg 514
Mail Code 6155
Santa Barbara, California 93106
Attn: Management Plan Review

Public scoping meetings (completed)

Tuesday, October 22, 6 to 8 p.m

Faulkner Gallery
Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Wednesday, October 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, California, 93003

Management plan review process


Current Step

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


Public comment


Management issue identification
Sanctuary Advisory Council input

Advisory Council Graphic

Council Input


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

Advisory Council Graphic

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: