National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on


Managing Together

The administration of the Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Network requires close coordination with the State of California, the Channel Islands National Park, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Sanctuary Advisory Council, the University of California and other academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations. The Sanctuary tracks its efforts and those of its partners to 1) guide MPA managers to effectively administer the MPA network; 2) identify long-term trends in natural resources, economic impacts, public awareness and compliance; and 3) detail administrative capacity, including administrative challenges, such as funding needs.

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For further details on the administration of the MPA network please visit the biological and socioeconomic monitoring, education and outreach, cooperative enforcement and community involvement web pages and links.





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