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Due to the unique marine environment surrounding the Channel Islands, the Sanctuary is home to a diverse array of marine life, making the region highly valuable to scientific research. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary routinely conducts research to monitor, preserve and protect the sanctuary's rich resources. In 1998, the CINMS participated in a regional monitoring survey of the Southern California Bight coordinated by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Trawl and sediment samples from randomly selected sights around the islands were collected to measure the distribution and health of the island's marine life. (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

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