Year in Review
Explore how we are addressing the many pressures on our ocean and coasts with our 2021 annual report.
As a part NOAA's science, service, and stewardship mission, the agency plays a vital role in protecting the nation’s coastal and marine resources and in restoring them when they are harmed by oil spills, releases of hazardous waste, and vessel groundings. In this video message, NOS Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf discusses how NOAA and our partners recovered over 130 million dollars to restore 10 polluted waterways in six states in 2021.
A major update to a popular NOAA tool used to inform planning and decision-making in coastal communities is now online. Coastal County Snapshots, available on NOAA's Digital Coast platform, turns complex data into easy-to-understand charts, graphics, and information.
Preview a new series from the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network called The Future Ocean about the effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on coastal Alaskans and the seafood industry. You don’t need to live in our 50th state to listen: the themes featured in this series are global. Hear interviews with a number of experts talking about changing ocean conditions and what it means to put a price on carbon emissions.
A new report shows significant growth in businesses that provide the technological means to observe and measure ocean dynamics. Called the Ocean Enterprise, this cluster of businesses, which provides essential support to the $2 trillion global Blue Economy and has revenues of $8 billion, saw a 60% growth of businesses—from 500 to 800—between 2015 and 2020.
During November’s National Native American Heritage Month, we take a look at the great things that can happen when NOAA and Indigenous communities work together on coastal issues. A few stories demonstrate the powerful ecological wisdom and cultural values that Indigenous communities bring to the table.
NOAA has released two Atlases compiling the best available science to inform the identification of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs) in the Gulf of Mexico and Southern California. NOAA previously identified these regions for their potential to host sustainable commercial aquaculture development in the United States. Areas in the Atlases will have characteristics expected to support multiple types of aquaculture industries including finfish, shellfish, seaweed, or some combination.
In 1972, in response to growing public concern about the state of our environment, Congress enacted banner legislation designed to protect our nation’s ocean and coasts. The legislation shaped our past 50 years and will continue to shape the future. Learn more and find out how you can help.
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