Contact Information

Oceans and Coasts Section
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC-4, Room 6111
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301/713-2967
Email: gcoceansandcoastssection@noaa.gov

A pair of surfers walk on the shore during sunset in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
A pair of surfers walk on the shore during sunset in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

The Oceans and Coasts Section provides legal counsel to the National Ocean Service, including the National Marine Sanctuary Program, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and the Office of Coast Survey. The section also provides legal counsel to the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, including the NOAA Corps. In these roles, the office helps implement the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Geodetic and Coast Survey Act, the Marine Debris Act and other statutes.

The office has seven attorneys and one program specialist. The Section Chief for the Ocean and Coasts Section is Adam Dilts, and the Acting Deputy Section Chief is Bethany Henneman.

To access materials for CZMA consistency appeals as well as information on the CZMA appeal process visit: The NOAA Office for Coastal Management Consistency Appeals Website.

The Oceans and Coasts Section offers legal internships throughout the year to well-qualified law students. For more information about these opportunities, including how to apply and application periods, please contact the section at: gcoceansandcoastssection@noaa.gov.

Contact Information

Oceans and Coasts Section
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC-4, Room 6111
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301/713-2967
Email: gcoceansandcoastssection@noaa.gov