NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will christen its new research vessel on May 12. The R/V Shearwater, a 62 ft., high-speed Teknicraft aluminum-hull catamaran research vessel is the first research vessel built specifically for
sanctuary use. The vessel's onboard facilities and equipment can support
extensive research and scuba dive operations such as marine mammal and
seabird research, archeological/cultural research and collecting data for
emerging management issues.
Local Dignitaries are expected to be hand including, Congresswoman Lois Capps
Frank Kelly, Santa Barbara Harbor Commissioner Captain Ted I. Lillestolen (NOAA Corps), associate deputy assistant administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service
, Daniel J. Basta, director, National Marine Sanctuary Program and Chris Mobley, manager, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.