Coastal Program

Project Highlights

Welcome to the Coastal Program

The Coastal Program is one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most effective resources for restoring and protecting fish and wildlife habitat on public and privately-owned lands. We play an important role in promoting the Service’s mission and priorities, delivering landscape-scale conservation, and implementing strategic habitat conservation.


We are located in 24 priority coastal areas, along the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, and in the Caribbean. Working with partners, locally-based staff provide technical assistance for habitat conservation design and planning, and financial assistance for habitat restoration and protection projects.

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What's New

Notice of funding opportunity for the 2017 National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grants announced.

Check out all of our Blue Carbon Resources

Check out Restoring Island Ecosystems brochure that highlights several of our successful invasive removal projects on islands!

Check out the Coastal Program's 2014 Annual Accomplishment 

The Coastal Program is helping to promote Living Shorelines!

Department of Interior has released the Spring 2015 NewsWave

The Department of the Interior's Summer 2014 Issue of the NewsWave!

The Estuary Habitat Restoration Council has prepared a draft Revision of the Estuary Restoration Act’s Monitoring Data Standards.

Check out the recently released Status and Trends of Wetlands in Coastal Watersheds 2004-2009

Quick Resource Library

2014 Accomplishment Report

National summary of our 2014 conservation efforts, with regional summaries, and highlighted projects and activities.


2013 Accomplishment Report

National summary of our 2013 conservation efforts, with regional summaries, and highlighted projects and activities.

National Marine Protected Area Center

Works in partnership with federal, state, stakeholders, tribal, and local governments to build, support and enhance existing marine protected area programs.

There have been over 1,000 invasive species removal projects on islands worldwide. The Coastal Program and Island Conservation have prepared a Restoring Island Ecosystems brochure that highlights several examples of successful invasive removal projects.


Restoration Returns

Working with the Service's Economics Division, this report assesses the economic stimulus associated with our habitat conservation projects.



National Coastal Program Strategic Plan

The National Strategic Plan presents the goals of the Coastal Program, and the geographic focus areas where we concrete our habitat conservation efforts.



National Coastal Wetlands Grant

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually delivers conservation dollars to help coastal states U.S. territories to protect and restore coastal wetlands. Funding is provided through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

Last updated: January 21, 2016