::Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary


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The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a sanctuary off the Pacific coast of Southern California. The National Marine Sanctuary program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Established in 1980, the sanctuary in the Santa Barbara Channel is an area of national significance because of its exceptional natural beauty and resources. It has an area of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}<ref name=CINMSAbout>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and encompasses the waters that surround Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands (five of the eight Channel Islands of California), extending from mean high tide to {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} offshore around each of the five islands. The sanctuary is home to an extremely rich and diverse array of marine species, making it one of the best places in the world for viewing whales and other wildlife. It also provides protection to more than 150 historic shipwrecks and is a place of important cultural significance for the Chumash people. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provides protection for its natural and cultural resources through education, conservation, science, and stewardship.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary sections
Intro  Recreational activities  Education  Research  Maritime Heritage  Chumash  Protected species  Sanctuary Advisory Council  Threats to the sanctuary  See also  References  External links  

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