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

Cooperative Enforcement

Working Together to Ensure Compliance

Compliance with regulations is essential for protecting biodiversity and habitats in the Channel Islands MPAs and providing long-term social and economic benefits. Community support is built through education, sharing
monitoring results, and effective enforcement, which in turn enhances compliance with MPA regulations.

Enforcement of rules and regulations is provided through a cooperative effort by the National Park Service,, U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), and NOAA Office for Law Enforcement. Patrols are conducted using aerial surveillance, on-island rangers, and a variety of vessels. The Sanctuary contributes funding to the CDFG, serves as a liaison andcoordinates multi-agency enforcement training sessions.



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