Our 28 research reserves are leading the celebration of National Estuaries Week along with other federal, state, and local partners by hosting special public events from Kachemak Bay in Alaska to Waquoit Bay in Massachusetts. Learn more about estuaries, the reserves, and the many events going on during Estuaries Week.
Estuaries are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world and are home to many different plants and animals. Estuaries also support the U.S. economy in the form of seafood sales, jobs, and recreational activities such as fishing, bird watching, and boating.
Our National Estuarine Research Reserves are designed to protect these areas and the species that inhabit them. Research reserves are unique places that represent an important part of NOAA’s place-based coastal management efforts. A total of 1.3 million acres of coastal wetland areas are managed and conserved through this partnership program with states and territories, but that’s not all. Reserve staff work closely with local coastal communities to help make them healthier and more resilient, bringing needed coastal science to the decision- making table, and providing innovative, estuary-based educational opportunities to children and adults.Do your part to help protect and conserve our nation's estuaries: