Keeping America's Beachgoers Safe

Here are some of the products and services provided by NOAA's National Ocean Service.

The beach remains one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in the U.S. Both coastal residents and out-of-town tourists partake in the many joys it has to offer. From swimming to surfing to sun bathing and whale watching, the shore provides us with so many unique activities. To help keep the coastal economy thriving, coastal communities safe, and your vacation enjoyable, NOAA provides a variety of services, including:

a tidal station

Tides and currents data provide information on the movement of water. Knowing how the water is moving keeps swimmers and boaters safe in the water and coastal communities aware of sea level changes and storm surge.

Tides and Currents

a nautical chart

Navigational mapping provides up-to-date nautical charts to help keep recreational boaters and commercial maritime traffic safe in and out of busy marinas and ports.


Nautical Charts

a NGS airplane

Shoreline aerial photography and mapping provides community leaders and planners with the tools and information necessary to make sound decisions when planning waterfront development.

Shoreline Mapping and Photography

marine sanctuary

National marine sanctuaries and marine protected areas protect threatened and endangered species as well as historic, archaeological, and recreational resources for many generations.


Sanctuaries and Protected Areas

a coastal zone

Support for coastal management helps to keep beach community residents and visitors safe, local economies sound, and natural resources functioning.


Coastal Manangement

a Lake Erie HAB

Harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecasts in Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico help people make informed decisions when a bloom is temporarily affecting their area. The forecasts also help those responsible for responding to bloom impacts.

Harmful Algal Blooms

oil in ocean

Clean coasts keep beaches safe from pollutants by reducing the harmful effects of oil and chemical spills large and small.




Clean Coasts

marine debris entangled seal

Preventing marine debris and reducing the amount of debris in our ocean and coasts benefits the environment, navigation safety, the economy, and human health.


Marine Debris