NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management partners with state programs to protect and responsibly develop our coastal areas, and promote stewardship, research and education at estuarine reserves.
Join us as state Coastal Zone Program and National Estuarine Research Reserve managers share their perspectives on the value of and challenges facing our nation’s coasts.
With more than 95,000 miles of coastline, managing coastal areas is a big job, and it's not one that any organization can do alone.
One mechanism to tackle the task of managing our nation's diverse coastal regions is the Coastal Zone Management Program. Through this voluntary federal-state partnership, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, teams up with state coastal management programs to protect, restore, and responsibly develop our nation's coastal communities and resources. The Program takes a comprehensive approach to problem solving—balancing the often competing and occasionally conflicting demands of coastal resource use, economic development, and conservation.
It is only through the participation, cooperation, and coordination of the public and federal, state, local, interstate and regional agencies and governments affecting the coastal zone that we can protect our coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems.