Interior's Bureaus share a wide range of responsibilities for Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes resources that range from stewardship of vast land, coastal and ocean areas to ensuring safe and sustainable management of our Nation's energy resources.
For More Information About Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Activities at the Department of the Interior
DOI Ocean and Coastal Activities Coordinator
Mail Stop 3530
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Ann B. Tihansky
Communications Specialist/Physical Scientist
U.S. Department of the Interior
Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes Activities
1849 C Street NW, Room 3519
Washington, DC 20240
The Bureau of Indian Affairs supports a wide variety of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes activities and programs. http://www.bia.gov/
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) works with a wide variety of partners to protect the California Coastal National Monument a unique collection of the public lands consisting of a network of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles that provide a haven for animals and plants along the 1,100 miles of the California coast. http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) play key roles in America's energy supply by managing renewable and mineral resources on the 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), a significant source of our Nation's energy supply.
BOEM manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore energy and mineral resources. The Bureau seeks to balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through responsible management of offshore conventional and renewable energy development based on the best available science. BOEM publishes Ocean Science, a science and technology journal.
BSEE is responsible for overseeing the safe and environmentally responsible development of our Nation's traditional and renewable ocean energy and mineral resources. BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.
The National Park Service is entrusted with managing 84 ocean, coastal and Great Lakes parks across 22 states and four territories. Established for their beauty and national significance, these parks conserve over 11,000 miles of coast and 2.5 million acres of ocean and Great Lakes waters, including coral reefs, kelp forests, glaciers, estuaries, beaches, wetlands, historic forts and shipwrecks. The ocean and coastal parks comprise a system of tremendous biological, recreational and historic value to the nation. They attract over 86 million visits each year. Park managers are confronted with multiple threats to natural and cultural resources from inside and outside of park boundaries. Intense population growth and development, overfishing, climate change, pollution and watershed degradation, shoreline impacts from infrastructure and sea-level rise, invasive species and recreational overuse are taking their toll on park resources. NPS has adopted strategies to increase the agency's organizational and scientific capacity to address ocean and coastal issues in partnership with state and federal agencies and local organizations. (http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/oceancoastal/).
The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is working with the U.S.-affiliated insular areas to protect coral reefs. Through the Micronesia Challenge, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands committed to protect at least 30 percent of near-shore marine resources and 20 percent of terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) manages the 550-unit National Wildlife Refuge System, 180 of which are found in marine, coastal, and Great Lakes environments. America's first National Wildlife Refuge is Pelican Island located in Florida, it was designated by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1903.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) works closely with academic institutions, states, Tribes, and other Federal agencies to advance science and technology in support of Interior's varied responsibilities. USGS research, monitoring, mapping and data management supports increased understanding of coastal and ocean systems, human and wildlife health, and landscape-scale change. USGS shares news about ocean and coastal research activities in Sound Waves an on-line newsletter. http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/index.php