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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 22,339 documents since 1994.

Public Inspection Documents Pending Publication

Most Recent Significant Regulations

Listing Of All Recent Documents

June 2016

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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species:

Draft Report to Congress:

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife:

Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.:

Fisheries Off West Coast States:

Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery:

Takes and Imports of Marine Mammals:

Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities:

Takes of Marine Mammals:

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