Resource Protection

Protecting the resources of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a collaborative effort involving local, State and Federal agencies as well as numerous nongovernmental organizations. With the help of our partners, the sanctuary focuses on education, permitting, regulations, emergency response preparedness, appropriate enforcement, and consultation with other agencies to help protect the sanctuary's resources. In addition, staff meet regularly with the sanctuary advisory council as they craft management advice to help ensure appropriate protection and enjoyment of the sanctuary.

With an ecosystem-based approach to management, sanctuary staff and the sanctuary advisory council examine and evaluate existing and potential resource management issues that may affect the Sanctuary. This approach requires the accurate identification, investigation, and assessment of the significance of new issues and threats, and the ongoing tracking of such issues.

This Resource Protection section of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary web site offers information about regulations and enforcement, permitting processes, emergency response, and a number of priority issues at the sanctuary. Use the menu options on the left to explore. You may also be interested in information about the Sanctuary Advisory Council and Marine Reserves network within the sanctuary.


NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries:

Resource Protection Information

National Marine Sanctuaries Act

West Coast Region, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Key partners involved in resource protection within the sanctuary include but are not limited to:

Channel Islands National Park

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region

California Natural Resources Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California State Lands Commission

The Nature Conservancy, Santa Cruz Island

U.S. Coast Guard

Sanctuary Advisory Council




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