National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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NOAA Fisheries is the federal agency responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of the Nation’s marine and anadromous species. Anadromous species are those species of fish which spawn in fresh or estuarine waters and migrate to ocean waters. Salmon and other ecologically and economically important migrating fish species, such as shad and sturgeon, need access to freshwater habitat for spawning and rearing their young. Some fish need to swim thousands of miles through oceans and rivers to reach their destination. Hydropower installations, such as dams, can adversely impact fish habitat and marine resources. NOAA Fisheries works with other federal agencies and hydropower plant developers to avoid or reduce impacts to fish and their habitat.

NOAA's Mission:

  • Science, Service, and Stewardship.
  • To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts,
  • To share that knowledge and information with others, and
  • To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

NOAA's Vision of the Future:

  • Resilient Ecosystems, Communities, and Economies.
  • Healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change

Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)

The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management’s (OCRM) six divisions oversee a number of programs that assist states in managing, preserving, and developing their marine and coastal resources. OCRM activities include working with states and territories to conserve and protect coral reefs, operate a system of National Estuarine Research Reserves, and implement the National Coastal Zone Management Program, as well as developing a system of marine protected areas.

The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management provides national leadership to state and territory coastal programs and estuarine research reserves to keep America's coasts healthy and resilient. OCRM activities are mandated by the Coastal Zone Management Act, MPA Executive Order, and Coral Reef Conservation Act.


Regional and Local Office Contacts