Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute
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Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting conservation through marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, research and education to promote ocean and human health. CIMWI is the only organization authorized to respond to and rehabilitate pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and rescue and triage cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) for Santa Barbara County and Ventura County which encompasses 153 miles of coastline.

CIMWI is experiencing unprecedented reports of marine mammals in distress and is rescuing record numbers of pinnipeds. The majority of these are malnourished, dehydrated, immune compromised, and emaciated California sea lion pups associated with the Unusual Mortality Event (UME) that was declared in 2013. These animals need our immediate intervention and medical care to survive. We have already rescued and treated 267 pinnipeds this year which is 6 times more than our annual average before the UME!

Call CIMWI to report a stranded marine mammal that is sick, injured, malnourished, entangled, deceased or oiled in Santa Barbara County or Ventura County.

CIMWI Rescue Hotline (805) 567-1505


main phone 805.567.1506

fax 805.963.9684

P.O. Box 4250, Santa Barbara, California 93140
CIMWI is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, 501(c)(3).