Protecting our Marine Life

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The nation’s waterways and marine ecosystems are vital to the country’s economy and health. Ensuring America enjoys a rich, diverse and sustainable ocean environment is an important Coast Guard mission. This includes ensuring the country’s protected marine species are provided the protection necessary to help their populations recover to healthy, sustainable levels.

The Coast Guard is a federal agency that protects our ocean environment and the marine life that inhabits it by enforcing domestic and international fisheries laws, as well as protects the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) from foreign encroachment. The U.S. EEZ is the largest in the world, comprising 3.4 million square miles of ocean and more than 90,000 miles of coastline. Keeping these waters clean and safe is critical to both our nation’s economy and its environment.