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Channel Islands: People and the Sanctuary

Drive along the coast of southern California and you will see signs of an important industry in this region. Several oil platforms exist near the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Exploring for, developing, image for more...(photo: Shane Anderson)

One may be surprised to learn that commercial and recreational fishing are permitted within the marine sanctuary boundaries. As the commercial fishing industry is one of the largest industries in the Santa Barbara image for more... (photo:Glenn Allen)

Trawling vessels like this one, can be used to harvest a variety of the marine resources within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's waters. (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

The sanctuary also serves as a playground for divers. In addition to uncovering a diverse array of marine life within the kelp forests and rocky reef habitats, there are over 200 documented shipwrecks to explore image for more... (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

The close proximity of the Channel Islands to the Santa Barbara and Ventura County harbors makes the Channel Islands an ideal one-day adventure area for sailors to set a course to. (photo: Chris Gotschalk)

Visiting the Channel Islands by kayak is a great way to appreciate its exceptional beauty. Kayaking offers visitors up-close and personal views of the island coastlines and wildlife. (photo: Chris Gotschalk)

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 image for more... (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

In addition to Sanctuary research conducted by Sanctuary personnel, other institutions frequently enter sanctuary waters for research purposes. Outside research efforts often lead to collaborative efforts image for more... (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

Due to the prevailing current, weather conditions and numerous natural hazards, there are a significant number of shipwrecks in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. These submerged wrecks image for more... (photo: Glenn Allen)

The Chumash, indigenous people who historically lived along the California Coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo, once harvested the marine resources of the Channel Islands for food and trade. They traveled image for more... (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

As well as providing a wonderful setting for research and recreation, the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a wonderful classroom. Los Marineros is a marine education program for image for more... (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

The floating classroom transports students from second grade to college (of all ages) to the Channel Islands to learn more about the marine environment. The classes range from half-day whale watching or mini image for more... (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

Sanctuary waters are frequented by more kinds of marine mammals than any body of water comparable in size. More than 27 species of whales and porpoises are found within the sanctuary at one time image for more... (photo: Channel Islands NMS)

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