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Channel Islands 2016 Condition Report

2016 Condition Report cover In 2018, Volume I of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report was released. It provides an assessment of the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources, and maritime archaeological resources, as well as the human activities affecting them. Resource status is rated on a scale from good to poor, and trends are generally based on observed changes in status since the last CINMS condition report (2009-2016). Overall, this updated assessment indicates that the sanctuary is doing quite well in comparison to other parts of the world’s ocean. The sanctuary’s remote, isolated position at the confluence of two major ocean currents supports one of the most productive and biologically diverse marine ecosystems in the world. The abundance and diversity of wildlife seen in Channel Islands is remarkable compared to many parts of the world, and many sanctuary resources are showing relative stability or improvement. However, pressures such as vessel traffic, non-indigenous species, ocean noise, commercial and recreational fishing, marine debris, harmful algal blooms, and changing ocean conditions are impacting sanctuary resources.

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