Marine Minerals Program


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 for shore protection, beach nourishment, and wetlands restoration with vigorous safety and 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. Our mission and vision.


Sand Inventory National Offshore Sand Inventory

BOEM is developing a National Offshore Sand Inventory through research and a future Marine Minerals Information System that will provide access to data derived from our research.
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 OCS

BOEM's mandate to manage 1.7 billion acres on the Outer Continental Shelf is no small task.
Current Statistics Current Statistics

Key MMP Statistics on the number of leases, completed projects, sand volume, and miles of coast restored.
MMP in Your State MMP in Your State

State projects, news and reports.
Obtaining Marine Minerals Obtaining Marine Minerals

Explore the multi-step process.
Federal, State and Other Stakeholder Partners Partnerships

Who is BOEM working with for the MMP?
Events, Presentations and Workshop Reports Events

Where are we going, where have we been, presentations and workshop reports.
Research and Studies Research & Studies

MMP assessments and evaluations.
Fact Sheets
Fact Sheets

Photo and Multimedia Gallery Photo and Multimedia Gallery

MMP gallery by state.
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