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.

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.

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 Coastal Wetlands Grant

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.

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.