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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

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Research Projects

HARP deployment

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is recognized regularly as an ecologically significant place with tremendous biodiversity, but which is also in close proximity to the greater Los Angeles area - one of the largest human population centers in the country. Consequently, the diversity of research and monitoring needs in and around the sanctuary are also diverse and challenging. Sanctuary staff are working in partnership and independently on a broad spectrum of research projects. Partnerships have been developed with other government agencies, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Park Service and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as well as regional and international academic institutions such as UCSB, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Simon Fraser University and the University of Aukland, New Zealand. These partnerships are facilitated by staff research expertise as well as operational support provided by the r/v Shearwater and r/v Shark Cat.

Climate change impacts report

New Climate Change Impacts Profile Available

In May 2020, a new Climate Change Impacts profile was released by the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The eight-page outreach product, which draws on findings from the most recent CINMS Condition Report and other literature sources, summarizes conditions and expected changes related to ocean acidification, increasing water temperatures, changing oceanographic processes, and rising sea levels, and includes climate change case studies on harmful algal blooms and kelp forests. Read or download the CINMS Climate Change Impacts Profile here.

New Channel Islands Condition Report Available

2016 Condition Report cover

In July 2019, a new Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report was released. This comprehensive report encompasses and adds to a “Volume 1” release that preceded it in 2018. The report provides an assessment through 2016 of the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources, and maritime archaeological resources, as well as the human activities affecting them. The report also assesses ecosystem services provided by the sanctuary. The report will provide support for identifying high priority sanctuary management actions, specifically helping to inform updates to the CINMS Management Plan.

Learn more about the Condition Report here.

Download the Condition Report here.

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