Coastal Ocean Program

Project Description
COP provides scientific information to assist decision makers in
meeting the challenges of managing our Nation's coastal resources. COP
targets critical issues which exist in the Nation's estuaries, coastal
waters, and Great Lakes. COP translates its findings into accessible
information and the transfer of technology to coastal managers,
planners, lawmakers, and the public. Its aim is to create near-term
and continuous improvements in environmental decisions affecting the
coastal ocean and its resources.

The Coastal Ocean Program provides a focal point through which the
agency, together with other organizations with responsibilities for
the coastal environment and its resources, can make significant
strides toward finding the solutions that will protect coastal
resources and ensure their availability and well-being for future

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