States / Guam


Coastal Management

The focus is on managing coastal areas to increase resilience, with an emphasis on balancing environmental, economic, and human wellbeing. Mandated by the Coastal Zone Management Act and the Coral Reef Conservation Act, the federal programs designated for this task are the National Coastal Zone Management Program, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. These programs are administered, on the federal side, by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, in partnership with the coastal states.

An aerial view of the light to dark blue shallow patches of where beach meets ocean with a city in the distance.

State Programs

Guam Coastal Management Program. Approved by NOAA in 1979, the Guam Coastal Management Program, under the Bureau of Statistics and Plans, is focused on the responsible and balanced use of coastal resources.

Guam Coral Reef Conservation Program. Established in 1997 and managed by the Government of Guam’s Bureau of Statistics and Plans, the Guam Coral Reef Initiative has recently moved to Guam’s Department of Agriculture. The program works to conserve and effectively manage Guam’s coral reef ecosystems through sustainable use and wise preservation.