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 (CZMA), the Coast Survey Act, and other statutes.
The office has nine attorneys, one paralegal, and one support staff. The Section Chief for the Ocean and Coasts Section is Joel La Bissonniere. Jeffrey Dillen serves as the Deputy Section Chief.
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.
Oceans and Coasts Section
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC-4, Room 6111
Silver Spring, MD 20910