Santa Barbara County, California, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Continental United States
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The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a reserve area off the Pacific coast of the United States, near California. 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 1,470 square miles (3,800 km). It 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 6 nautical miles (11 km) offshore around each of the five islands. The sanctuary's primary goal is the protection of the natural and cultural resources contained within its boundaries. The National Marine Sanctuary...