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2-Year Priority Goal

Increase conservation of America’s coastal land and waters

Goal leaders

Dr. Richard Spinrad

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (DOC)

Nicole LeBoeuf

Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

To achieve

By September 30, 2023, in support of the America the Beautiful initiative, NOAA will advance formal designation or expansion processes to conserve at least 590,000 square miles of additional coastal and marine habitats as National Marine Sanctuaries or National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) to help ensure that nationally significant resources continue to provide economic, social, and environmental benefits for future generations.