Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Condition Report

In 2018, Volume I of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report was released. It provides an assessment from 2009-2016 of the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources, and maritime archaeological resources, as well as the human activities affecting them.

Learn more and download Volume I



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.

Channel Islands 2016 Condition Report

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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.

Learn more and download the 2018 Condition Report, Volume I

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