Welcome to CIMWI

Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute(CIMWI)is dedicated to making a difference through marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, research and education to promote ocean and human health.

CIMWI (pronounced "sim-wee") is a part of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program under the direction of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service  (NMFS). CIMWI is the only authorized organization to respond to and rehabilitate pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) for Ventura County.

 

Fulfilling Our Mission

CIMWI, along with The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC), was requested by NMFS to fill a void in service and we accepted the responsibility for rescuing and rehabilitating stranded marine mammals for Santa Barbara County.  CIMWI vows to rise to the challenging situation and do all we can to serve both the marine mammals in need and the community of Santa Barbara County.  CIMWI is in the process of applying to add the Santa Barbara County response area officially to our Stranding Agreement with NOAA in addition to serving Ventura County.

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CIMWI is committed to:

  1. Providing immediate response to displaced, injured, ill, orphaned and oiled marine mammals by trained and experienced caregivers
  2. Treating and rehabilitating marine mammals with the goal of releasing them back to their natural, wild environment
  3. Conducting research on the causes of illness and injury to marine mammals
  4. Educating the public on the plight of marine mammals and the impact people have on the environment to promote positive change
  5. Working with agencies, organizations and researchers that share our commitment to promote ocean and human health

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CIMWI's core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, stranded and distressed marine mammals. You play a critical role in this process as we rely on you to report these animals to the CIMWI Rescue Hotline at (805) 567-1505. Read more...

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CIMWI treats, provides medical care and rehabilitates marine mammals with the goal of releasing the rehabilitated, healthy animals back to their natural, wild environment. Read more...

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CIMWI is committed to conducting research on the causes of illness and injury to marine mammals. Read more...

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CIMWI is committed to educating the public on the plight of marine mammals and the impact people have on the environment to promote positive change. Read more...

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