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NOAA Research Ship to Explore Deep Sea Coral Gardens and Chart Unmapped Areas of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

On April 27, 2017 the NOAA research ship Bell M. Shimada will embark with a team of scientists to explore the deep seafloor environment of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. During the two-week cruise the team will study the condition of deep-sea coral gardens, document previously unmapped areas of the sanctuary's seafloor and search for historic shipwrecks. An ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) will be used to explore and capture video of fish and deep-sea coral communities. In addition, the ship’s ME70 and EK60 high-resolution sonars will be used to map the seafloor and fish distributions in areas around San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara Islands. New technology on the 2017 cruise will include the Office of Coast Survey’s REMUS-600 mapping AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) which will have capabilities to obtain detailed images up to 400 meters deep including targets that may be historic shipwreck sites. For more information contact:

Advisory Council Expresses Support for Saving Goleta Point Data Buoy near Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

On November 18, 2016 at a public meeting of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, members voted unanimously to express concern about the impending loss of a local marine data buoy located off Goleta Point in the Santa Barbara Channel. The council approved sending a letter to leaders of relevant state, federal and university organizations that have all had a history of either providing funding for the buoy or utilizing the data it reports. In the letter, the council lists a variety of important services the buoy uniquely supports, and calls on letter recipients to work together to find funding for ongoing operation and maintenance of the buoy. For more information:

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Participates in NOAA Day at Aquarium of the Pacific

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary hosted a booth at the 10th Annual NOAA and Our Planet Day. The theme was “Social Media for Social Change” to highlight how these tools can push us to be better stewards of the ocean and climate. The event was held in Long Beach, California at the Aquarium of the Pacific and featured interactive booths showcasing a variety of NOAA programs. An estimated 7,000 aquarium visitors learned about the diversity of NOAA's role from daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce. For more information, contact

For more information, contact:

Shauna Bingham, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155


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