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Environment

Our goals are to be good stewards and protect the environment while overseeing the development of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy and marine mineral resources.

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Marine Minerals

BOEM works with coastal communities to provide Outer Continental Shelf sand to restore and protect shorelines. Our work supports coastal resilience, state and local economies, and ecological habitat.

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Renewable Energy

BOEM facilitates the responsible development of renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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Oil and Gas Energy

BOEM is responsible for all OCS leasing policy and program development issues for oil, gas and other marine minerals.

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This issue of Ocean Science illustrates how we use energy economics to inform our decision-making.

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Will Crabs Cross Undersea Cables?

Partnership with researchers and fishermen helps BOEM study and better understand whether offshore energy-related undersea cables effect crab behavior.

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Seen during 2022’s Investigation of a Historic Seabed Mining Equipment Test Site on the Blake Plateau, along with a skate (look closely), manganese nodules like these were the subject of an experimental deep-sea mining pilot project in the 1970s. Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, Investigation of a Historic Seabed Mining Equipment Test Site on the Blake Plateau.

Scientists Explore Site of Historic Seabed Mining Equipment Testing Offshore Georgia

Study will help BOEM improve its understanding of the potential long-term environmental impacts of deep-sea mining-related disturbances

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The Saildrone Surveyor departing Dutch Harbor, Alaska, after the mid-project pit stop. Image courtesy of Saildrone Inc.

BOEM-Sponsored Saildrone Surveyor Expedition Returning Home After Exploring Aleutian Islands

Successful interagency partnership used prototype uncrewed survey platform to address ocean exploration and characterization gaps in remote area

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