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 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 Deputy Section Chief is Jackie Rolleri.
To access materials for CZMA consistency appeals as well as information on the CZMA appeal process visit: Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Consistency Appeals Website.