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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was formed on October 3, 1970, by Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970 (5 U.S.C. app.).

NOAA's mission entails environmental assessment, prediction, and stewardship. It is dedicated to monitoring and assessing the state of the environment in order to make accurate and timely forecasts to protect life, property, and natural resources, as well as to promote the economic well-being of the United States and to enhance its environmental security. NOAA is committed to protecting America's ocean, coastal, and living marine resources while promoting sustainable economic development.

This agency has published 22,409 documents since 1994.

Public Inspection Documents Pending Publication

Most Recent Significant Regulations

Listing Of All Recent Documents

July 2016

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Draft Report to Congress:

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States:

Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery:

International Affairs:

Takes of Marine Mammals:

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Fisheries Off West Coast States:

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska:

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States:

International Affairs:

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