Skip to main content
U.S. Department of the Interior
Search using USASearch
Accessibility Menu Toggle
Toggle Font Size
Toggle Dyslexia-friendly black-on-creme color scheme
Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal Program
Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal Program
Ocean & Coastal Stewardship
Ocean and Coastal Highlights
- Type -
Fish of the Week! Investing in Salmon
Investments in long-term monitoring and science related to the management of wild fisheries can pay dividends in creating intact and richly diverse habitats that are the foundation for sustainable and resilient fisheries. Learn more about fish; where they go, what they eat, and why, through the weekly program, ‘Fish of the Week’ produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Science for Fish and Aquatic Species
Cutting edge science at the USGS helps conserve and restore our nation’s fisheries and their habitats. From recovering endangered species, see recent news on the Okaloosa darter, to helping fish migrate upstream, and eliminating impacts from invasive species, the USGS is a key player and partner in our ocean, Great Lakes and coastal areas.
Share the Shore-Reducing Disturbance to Beach Birds
People love the beach as much as birds do. But some human activities pose threats to birds that need to rest, eat and raise their young. New videos in English and Spanish help raise awareness so that we can share the beach and allow shorebirds to thrive.
June is Ocean Month (www.youtube.com)
The Department of the Interior’s “blue portfolio” plays a crucial role in the country’s economy and conservation efforts. Secretary Deb Haaland shared the importance of the Department’s work in her opening remarks for Capitol Hill Ocean Week today. She touted Interior workforce’s efforts to conserve and restore coastal and ocean resources and the contributions that recent strides to expand offshore wind development will have on the country’s economy.
Interior Department Celebrates Ocean Month
The ocean connects the world in a way that no other natural resource does. As we celebrate Ocean Month, the Department of the Interior recognizes the broad responsibility we have for maintaining healthy ocean and coastal resources, and the impact our work has around the globe.
Deb Haaland Q & A: Focusing on the Department of the Interior’s Ocean Role
In celebration of June as Ocean Month, we met with Secretary Deb Haaland to hear her thoughts on DOI’s important stewardship role for our blue portfolio. Read more in DOI’s NEWSWAVE on page 1.
Check out DOI’s NEWSWAVE 2021 Summer Photo Edition!
This annual photo issue celebrates with images of our diverse national ocean and coastal treasures. This year images illustrate some of the ways we apply scientific expertise for wise stewardship of the national resources entrusted to us. Take a look.
Tribal Youth Coastal Conservation Program
Nearly $1 million in funding was approved for Tribal youth will support natural resources and environmental management training. These projects also will be restoring an estimated 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Read more in DOI’s NEWSWAVE on page 1.
Thousands of Sea Turtles Rescued in Cold Snap
In February 2021, Texans came together to rescue unprecedented numbers of sea turtles that were cold-stunned by the unusually cold winter conditions. Read about the enormous rescue initiative and DOI’s turtle conservation efforts in DOI’s NEWSWAVE.
BOEM Holds First Tribal Ocean Summit
BOEM held its first virtual Tribal Ocean Summit in March 2021, which welcomed nearly 200 participants from at least 53 different tribes, to discuss tribal issues and concerns. Topics covered included the importance of oceans, cultural heritage, and perspectives on meaningful consultations. BOEM hopes to build a stronger foundation for future partnerships. Learn more about the summit in DOI’s NEWSWAVE.
Buoy, Oh Buoy! West Coast Instrument Deployed to Support Offshore Wind
Two light detection and ranging (lidar) wind research buoys were deployed off the coast of California in October 2020. The instruments are gathering data to support future leasing of wind energy sites that will bring a new renewable energy source to the Golden State. Read more in DOI’s NEWSWAVE.
USGS Expands Coastal Change Forecast Capabilities
The Total Water Level and Coastal Change (TWL-CC) Forecast Viewer is a web-based tool that visualizes forecasts of extreme water levels and coastal change along sandy shorelines based on local tides, storm surge, waves, and beach characteristics. USGS partnered with NOAA to expand the tool capabilities, now covering nearly 3,000 miles of open, sandy coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Coasts. This information helps protect lives and property along our Nation’s coasts. Read more in DOI’s NEWSWAVE.
More than $27 Million for Coastal Wetland Ecosystems
On February 24, the USFWS announced awards of more than $27 million to support 33 projects in 14 coastal States to protect, restore, or enhance almost 28,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program or NAWCA. Read more about the projects and funding sources in DOI’s NEWSWAVE.
International Partnership Tracks Shorebird Species and Informs Offshore Wind Activities
Many bird species migrate enormous distances throughout the year, crossing international boundaries. A highly collaborative study, funded by the BOEM as part of offshore wind energy assessments, uses new technologies for tracking shorebird movement and provides important new information on shorebird migration patterns. Read more in DOI’s NEWSWAVE.
Combined Expertise to Enhance Coastal Management
Scientists with different areas of expertise are combining forces to improve coastal management decision making. The goal is to collect data, build models, and provide tools and assessments that inform management decisions for natural living coastal and marine resources such as habitats and ecosystems, as well as cultural resources such as historic infrastructure or archeological sites. Read more in DOI’s NEWSWAVE.
Back to Top