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Interior’s Ocean and Coastal Role:

As one of the principal resource stewards of our Nation’s Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Resources, the Interior Department studies, manages and conserves watersheds, coastal lands and ocean waters. 

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Interior bureaus:

  • conduct robust scientific programs to inform decisions and reduce risk,        

  • ensure safe and responsible development of natural, mineral and energy resources,

  • promote healthy and productive ecosystems through informed management and monitoring,

  • protect native species and their habitats, 

  • provide rich cultural and recreational opportunities for the public, and

  • support state, Tribal, regional and local partnerships

Interior protects, manages, and provides access to our Nation's seashores, refuges, parks and monuments:

  • More than 35,000 miles of coastline

  • 34 million acres in 84 marine and coastal National Parks managed by the National Park Service.

  • 180 marine and coastal National Wildlife Refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • 1.7 billion underwater acres of Outer Continental Shelf managed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

  • 1,100 miles of coastline of the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

  • Hundreds of thousands of square miles in marine national monuments: 

    • Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument co-managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Hawaii.

    • Marianas Trench Marine National Monument managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • Rose Atoll Marine National Monument managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.