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Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal Program
Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal Program
Ocean & Coastal Stewardship
Ocean and Coastal Highlights
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Marine Debris is a Serious Problem
Thousands of pounds of marine debris collects on the shores of our public lands every day. Three main types of debris impact wildlife: plastics, derelict fishing gear and derelict vessels. In addition to injuring or killing marine and coastal wildlife, it degrades habitat, can be a navigational hazard and requires continual clean up and removal.
Agencies Discuss Critical Marine Minerals
Large quantities of rare metals and minerals are critical materials used in building new technology and electronics such as cell phones, computers and electric vehicles. Seafloor deposits may harbor important sources of these rare commodities. DOI Ocean agencies USGS and BOEM met with NOAA to discuss how best to further the strategy outlined in the report, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals.”
Reports at Your Fingertips
A web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning jointly developed by BOEM and NOAA provides access to information about habitats and species, industrial activities, undersea cables, potential hazards like shipwrecks and detailed oceanographic information.
Leatherback Turtle Conservation
One of the largest populations of nesting leatherback sea turtles in the U.S. uses the largest continuous beach in the Virgin Islands on St. Croix in the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more about how DOI works to conserve and protect this species.
Improved Well Control Regulations
BSEE released the “Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control” regulations in May 2019. The revised rule reflects the focus on smarter regulations that advance energy security and sustain economic prosperity while promoting safety.
New Elevated Bridge at Katmai National Park and Preserve
New elevated bridge helps Katmai balance its double mission of protecting natural resources while also facilitating the public’s enjoyment of them. Bears have improved freedom of movement and “bear jams” on the old floating bridge are a thing of the past.
Help Protect Shorebirds
Let ‘em Rest, Let ‘em Nest. A trip to the beach can be relaxing for humans but it could be very disturbing for shorebirds. Many are resting from long migrations or are nesting and raising young vulnerable chicks. Give them space, keeps dogs on a leash, respect enclosures. Learn about other ways you can help. #SharetheShore
Innovation LEEDs at Wright Brothers National Memorial
The new visitor center at the National Historic Landmark, where Wilbur and Orville Wright conducting their flying experiments, was recently certified “LEED Gold,” with new green energy saving performance, increased water efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. The spirit of advancing new technology is still present in the Outer Banks, NC.
Explore Coastal Change at Fire Island, NY (doi.gov)
A new geonarrative explains processes that shape the coast over short and long periods of time including storm response and recovery. Based on more than 20 years of research, the interactive web format and detailed illustrations describe coastal change concepts for the general public, coastal managers and decisionmakers.
Fish Slam! Bio-Blitz Style Monitoring of Non-Native Fish (doi.gov)
The Fish Slam is a bio-blitz style approach that brings experts together from around the state of Florida to sample freshwater bodies of interest where non-native species pose a threat to native ecosystems. The experts and partners collaborate through the Non-Native Fish Alliance where they share information and work to address the problem in Florida.
Value of Coral Reefs
A new USGS study shows that reefs provide a flood protection barrier for more than 18,000 coastal citizens and $1.8 billion worth in coastal infrastructure. The study was supported, in part, by the DOI’s Office of Insular Affairs, with funds leveraged through the Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative.
Offshore Winds Smashes Record
With $405 Million in winning bids, the December 2018 auction was the nation’s eighth and highest grossing competitive lease sale for renewable energy in Federal waters.
New Tools for Visualizing Sea-Level Rise
The USGS has released two new products that help users see and interact with the 2018 National Climate Assessment (NCA) report.
The MAPS Project (Marine Mammal Passive Acoustics and Spatial Ecology Project)
Learn more about why submarine acoustics are important to marine mammals.
Coastal Modeling Research Helps California Prepare for Storms and Sea level Rise
New USGS-led research provides Federal, State, and commercial entities with varying storm and sea-level rise scenarios to assist with assessing risk and planning for future infrastructure.
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