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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Research Activities Panel

The CINMS Research Activity Panel (RAP) is a working group of the CINMS Advisory Council.

The RAP has several key objectives:

  1. Advise Sanctuary staff on conservation science issues that will influence policy (e.g. address research questions in the CINMS Management Plan).
  2. Review of research issues and documents for SAC and Sanctuary staff.
  3. Facilitate the exchange of regional research information and create opportunities for project coordination.
  4. Convey regional research needs and opportunities to the SAC.

Currently, the RAP is composed of 18 representatives from regional research institutions and organizations. Administrative support of the RAP is provided by the CINMS staff. More information on the RAP can be found on the working group page and Meeting Notes and Outcomes can be found here.

For more information, contact:
Chris Caldow, Research Coordinator
Phone: (805) 893-6419 Fax: (805) 568-1582
NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA. 93106-6155

California Department of Fish and Wildlife – Marine Region
The Marine Region is one of seven CDFG regions, covering the entire California coastline out to approximately 3 nautical miles as well as the offshore islands. It is responsible for managing the Sanctuary’s living marine resources and habitats out to 3 nautical miles as well as working with the sanctuary and partners to monitor and manage the Channel Islands Marine Protected Area network.

Channel Islands National Park
The Channel Islands National Park, administered through the National Park Service, includes San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara Islands and the waters out to 1 nautical mile. The Park is an integral partner in monitoring the sanctuary’s nearshore marine ecosystem.

National Center For Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
NCEAS is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, supporting cross-disciplinary research on a variety of fundamental issues in ecology and related fields.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy owns three-quarters of Santa Cruz Island and works with Channel Islands National Park to manage and preserve the Island’s unique natural resources and ecosystems.

NOAA Coastwatch
Coastwatch is a NOAA resource that provides a variety of remotely sensed data from several different satellite platforms covering U.S. coastal waters, including sea surface temperature, ocean color, and winds.

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southwest
Regional Office

The NMFS Southwest Regional Office is responsible for managing and protecting the living marine resources found off of the California coast. Their programs focus on recreationally and commercially important fisheries, marine mammals, and the habitats that support these populations.

Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
The Science Centers, a part of the National Marine Fisheries Service, focus on research of living marine resources, including salmon, groundfish, and cetaceans, in the West Coast region. Their work is used by resource managers to build sustainable fisheries and recover endangered and threatened species.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Science Program
The Science Program works with research staff at each of the 14 marine protected areas managed by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to identify resource threats and research and monitoring priorities.

Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN)
SIMoN is a program that integrates existing monitoring programs conducted within sanctuaries to track research projects, initiate baseline surveys of sanctuary resources, identify and fill information gaps, and provide pertinent information to managers and decision makers.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Museum responds to stranded cetaceans in the Santa Barbara region and collects information on stranding events.

University of California Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute
The Marine Science Institute conducts a variety of research and monitoring projects within the Santa Barbara Channel. Projects include studies of ocean circulation, non-native species, primary productivity, sustainable fisheries, ecosystem dynamics, and the study of marine protected areas on ecosystems and fisheries management.

California Seafloor Mapping Program
The Program is mapping California’s seafloor and creating geologic and habitat basemaps. It consists of a partnership of State and Federal agencies, universities, and industry.


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