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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

An area of exceptional natural beauty and resources off the coast of southern California, encompassing nearly 1,500 square miles of water surrounding the islands of Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara.

Major programmatic initiatives:

  • Marine Protected Areas
    From 2003 through 2007, the state of California and NOAA established thirteen marine reserves and conservation areas within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, located around the four northern Channel Islands and Santa Barbara Island. Beginning in 2012, thirty-six additional marine protected areas were designated by the State of California in southern California, from Point Conception to the Mexico border.

    The Foundation will focus primarily on support for the Channel Islands marine protected areas and sanctuary while providing program guidance, implementation assistance and fiscal sponsorship services, as needed, for the newly designated MPAs throughout California.

  • Education and Outreach with an emphasis on the Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS)
    Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, are establishing a new education, science and technology center designed to immerse students of all ages in the process of marine science and its application to ocean conservation.

  • Channel Islands Naturalist Corps
    Channel Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) are a group of specially trained volunteers dedicated to educating passengers on board whale watch vessels visiting Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park (CINP). Volunteers are also trained to lead island hikes within the national park, participate in numerous local outreach events and to conduct citizen science, including the collection of valuable research on marine mammals and other important sanctuary and park resources.

    CINC are an integral part of the sanctuary and park’s education and outreach programs, providing information about the unique resources found within the sanctuary and park to thousands of area residents, visitors, and school children annually.

    The CINC program is made possible through a partnership between the CINMS, CINP, park concessioners and participating boat operators out of Santa Barbara Harbor, Ventura Harbor, and Channel Islands Harbor.

    For more information, please visit: http://channelislands.noaa.gov/edu/edu_natc.html

  • Internship Opportunities
    Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary may have periodic project-based internships available based on organization needs working directly with Sanctuary staff to manage the marine resources found within CINMS through education, outreach, research and resource protection programs. Most opportunities are volunteer positions without compensation and interns are selected on a competitive basis.For more information, please visit: http://channelislands.noaa.gov/focus/volunteer.html

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Website: www.ChannelIslands.noaa.gov

Scientific Research & Monitoring (SIMoN)
Water Quality
Sanctuary Exploration Center
Marine Protected Areas and the California Marine Life Protection Act

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