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 InventoryBOEM’s new Marine Minerals Information System modernizes access to offshore sediment data, and is a major step forward in building a National Offshore Sand Inventory.

MMP in Your StateMMP in Your StateState projects, news, reports, studies and environmental documents.

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.

Federal, State and Other Stakeholder Partners PartnershipsWho is BOEM working with for the MMP?

Obtaining Marine MineralsObtaining Marine MineralsExplore the multi-step process.

Events, Presentations and Workshop ReportsEventsWhere are we going, where have we been, presentations and workshop reports.

Fact SheetsFact SheetsMarine Minerals Program Factsheets.

Request and active leasesRequests and Active LeasesMarine Minerals Program Request and Active Leases.

Current Statistics Dashboard on Current Statistics Visit the new dashboard with real-time statistics on the number of leases, completed projects, sand volume, and miles of beach restored.

Research and StudiesMarine Mineral Research & StudiesLearn about environmental and sand resource evaluation studies.

Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Initiatives Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico Initiatives BOEM is prepared and ready to respond to hurricane-related and other disasters.

Multiple Uses of the OCS Multiple Uses of the OCSThe MMP works to reduce and avoid conflict with other ocean uses: conventional and renewable energy, national security, commerce, fishing, tribal culture, and undersea infrastructure.

Photo and Multimedia Gallery Photo and Multimedia GalleryMMP gallery by state.

Contact Us Contact Us MarineMinerals@boem.gov