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

Education and Outreach

Click the map below for a closer look at Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas including individual island maps, critical species and habitat information, photos and videos.

interactive mpa map

Sanctuary staff work with the Sanctuary Education Team (SET), a working group of the Sanctuary Advisory Council, to identify target audiences, outreach tools, and delivery methods to communicate messages about the MPA network.
Educational tools include: workshops for teachers and students, curriculum materials, signage and exhibits, multimedia products and adult education programs.

Products, services and programs have included: MPA network maps; a monthly public lecture series (“From Shore To Sea,”); a volunteer-powered “Adopt-a-Business” Program that distributes MPA educational materials to over 80 marine-related businesses every month; and ongoing participation by volunteer REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) divers that conduct fish surveys inside and outside marine reserves.

MPA regulatory signs will be installed soon at launch ramps in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Channel Islands Harbors to inform boaters about marine reserves. Additional signs at the Santa Barbara Zoo, Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands Park concessionaires will highlight the MPA network’s role in protecting ecosystems.



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