A coast guard ship, with a coast guard helicopter flying above
Compliance with regulations is essential for protecting biodiversity and habitats and providing long-term social and economic benefits. Community support is built through education and outreach, and effective enforcement, which in turn enhances compliance with regulations. Credit: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary relies on both state and federal enforcement partners to patrol sanctuary waters to protect sanctuary users, wildlife and habitats. Regular patrols are conducted by air and by sea by United States Coast Guard personnel, California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens and National Park Service rangers. NOAA Office of Law Enforcement provides investigative services. Sanctuary staff provide technical support and situational awareness to our valued enforcement partners.

To Report a Sanctuary Marine Enforcement Issue:

  • Sanctuary resource emergency: 805-729-1271
  • CalTIP (Californians Turn In Poachers & Polluters): 1-888-334-2258
  • United States Coast Guard:
    • By marine radio: Channel 16 Marine Band Radio
    • By phone: (310) 521-3600 (Sector LA/Long Beach emergency contact)
  • EPA National Resource Center (for a spill): 800-424-8802
  • NOAA Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-853-1964
  • National Park Service (if in Channel Islands National Park): 559-565-4221 (National Park Dispatch Center)