Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

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R.V. Shearwater

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's 62' high-speed Teknicraft catamaran is used primarily as a platform to conduct ecological and oceanographic research in the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California. The vessel also serves as a host for educational field trips and emergency response in and around the Sanctuary. The A-frame and winch are used to conduct trawls, CTD casts, sediment sampling, and deploy equipment such as sidescan sonar and ROVs. The wet and dry labs allow on-board processing of samples and data. Dive operations are supported by onboard facilities and equipment. Projects on R/V Shearwater have included sea bird research, archeological/cultural research (primarily shipwrecks), monitoring marine reserves, studying whales, mapping eelgrass, and oceanographic sampling. On board berthing, stowage, galley and safety equipment allow for multiple-day excursions with scientists and crew.

RV Shark Cat Description

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's 28' twinhull power cruiser is used as a platform to support single day dive and emergency response operations. Dive support capacity includes the ability to carry up to three divers, with two tanks each and is outfitted with a dive ladder, oxygen, AED, and backboard. The endurance of 6 – 8 hours at continuous cruising speed of 25 knots makes the R/V Sharkcat an important asset for rapid response to emergencies that occur within the sanctuary.
Vessel Particulars
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For more information, contact:

LT Kristin Raja
NOAA 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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