Maine Coastal Program

Website: http://www.maine.gov/spo/coastal/
Address: State Plannng Office, 38 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333
Contact: Theresa Torrent-Ellis
Emailtheresa.torrent-ellis@maine.govPhone: 207-287-2351

Mission:The Maine Coastal Program is a partnership among local, regional, and state agencies for the purpose of managing Maine’s coastal resources for the public benefit.
In 1972 Congress responded to the rapid deterioration of coastal areas throughout the nation by passing the Coastal Zone Management Act. Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the law authorized funding for state coastal programs around the country to improve the environmental and economic health of America’s coastal areas. The Maine Coastal Program was established in 1978 and is administered by the State Planning Office.
Through this networked program, no one agency or department is responsible for the entire coast. Rather, all partners help ensure its proper management. The result of this balanced approach is a healthier coast–and a better future for communities.

Communications / Networking:
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Ocean Literacy

We use the Ocean Literacy banner at a number of events and programs throughout the year.

Ocean Observing:

This varies with the programs that we work on. However the MCP’s mission is to sustain and enhance the economic activities on the Coast as well as to sustain a healthy coastal ecosystem. There are many ways that ocean observing can be applied to our efforts.