mission of the NMSP is to conserve, protect, and enhance
the biodiversity, ecological integrity and cultural
legacy of the nation's system of marine sanctuaries.
Today there are thirteen national marine sanctuaries
that protect over 18,000 miles of ocean, lakes and
coast. The NMSP is devoted to protecting marine
resources while accommodating all acceptable forms of
public and private use of those resources. The NMSP is
also maintains a monitoring program of the different
marine environments to increase the public's
understanding of marine ecosystems and assess the
impacts of human activities.
The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS)
President Jimmy Carter designated the Channel Islands
National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) on September 22, 1980.
Located 22 nautical miles (25 miles) off the shores of
Santa Barbara, California, the CINMS rests primarily
within the Santa Barbara Channel region.