As a reference for marine planners and stakeholders, this page provides a select listing of controlling authorities pertaining to ocean planning in the northeastern United States.

Standards, Regulations, and Guidance


Ocean Law Search

Ocean Law Search is a web-based database that provides environmental and historic preservation statutes, legislative histories, cases, and other legal documents that relate to the protection of underwater cultural heritage on the outer continental shelf. The database also includes additional ocean, coastal, and international laws that can be browsed by keywords or statute. Ocean Law Search is a partnership of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, and NOAA Office of General Counsel.

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