Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Recent Events

In April 2017 , a team of NOAA-led researchers will explore the deep seafloor environment of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) aboard NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada. NOAA scientists will study the condition of deep-sea corals in this area and monitor water chemistry assess this ecosystem's vulnerability to ocean acidification. The team will also document previously unmapped areas of the sanctuary's deep seafloor.
Download Charting & Exploration Fact Sheetpdf (1.2 MB)

Download 2015 Expedition Fact Sheet (468 KB)

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.

Research Reporting

condition report

We continually work to disseminate the results of research and monitoring activities in sanctuary waters through a number of reporting vehicles tailored for a variety of audiences, objectives and reporting schedules. The Condition Report as well as peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals are opportunities for sanctuary staff to communicate information and discoveries about sanctuary resources. Taken in total they express our best understanding of the status and trends of the ecosystem and cultural resources in the sanctuary, an assessment of what research activities are most needed to more completely address our management needs, and recent successes in meeting our research needs. These reports are updated as new information becomes available.


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