Marine Minerals Program


Request and active leases
Requests and Active Leases  

The Marine Minerals Program partners with communities to address serious erosion along the Nation’s coastal beaches, dunes, barrier islands, and wetlands. Erosion affects natural resources, energy, defense, public infrastructure, and tourism. To help address this problem, the MMP leases sand, gravel and/or shell resources from federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for shore protection, beach nourishment, and wetlands restoration with vigorous safety and environmental oversight. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) provides the authority to manage minerals on the OCS and the requirement to provide environmental oversight.

BOEM is the only federal agency with the authority to lease marine minerals from the OCS, including responding to commercial requests for OCS minerals such as gold, manganese, or other hard minerals. Read about our Legal Framework, and our mission and vision.


Sand Inventory National Offshore Sand Inventory

BOEM is developing a National Offshore Sand Inventory through research, and a Marine Minerals Information System to provide access to data derived from our research
Current Statistics Current Statistics

Key statistics on the number of leases, completed projects, sand volume, miles of beach restored, and environmental and sand resource evaluation studies
MMP in Your State MMP in Your State

State projects, news, reports, and studies
Sea Turtle Environmental Oversight

Environmental Oversight includes environmental studies, assessments, environmental impact statements, and consultations on the effects of dredging on biological, physical and cultural resources.
Research and Studies Marine Mineral Research & Studies

Mineral Resource Evaluation.
Federal, State and Other Stakeholder Partners Partnerships

Who is BOEM working with for the MMP?
Obtaining Marine Minerals Obtaining Marine Minerals

Explore the multi-step process.
Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Initiatives Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico Initiatives

BOEM is prepared and ready to respond to hurricane-related and other disasters.
Events, Presentations and Workshop Reports Events

Where are we going, where have we been, presentations and workshop reports.
Multiple Uses of the OCS Multiple Uses of the OCS

The MMP works to reduce and avoid conflict with other ocean uses: conventional and renewable energy, national security, commerce, fishing, tribal culture, and undersea infrastructure.
Fact Sheets Fact Sheets
Photo and Multimedia Gallery Photo and Multimedia Gallery

MMP gallery by state.
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