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129_b_smThe mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) RESTORE Act Science Program is to initiate and sustain an integrative, holistic understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and support, to the maximum extent practicable, restoration efforts and the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem, including its fish stocks, fishing industries, habitat, and wildlife through ecosystem research, observation, monitoring, and technology development.

NOAA was authorized to establish and administer the Program, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf States Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-141, Section 1604).  Identified in the RESTORE Act as the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring, and Technology Program, the Program is commonly known as the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program.

The Program’s goal, outcomes, and long-term research priorities are captured in the Program’s draft science plan which is currently out for public comment until December 15, 2014.

For additional information on the Program see our program factsheet, program parameters, and FAQs.

For a short overview of the Program and the recently released draft science plan, see this presentation from our upcoming engagement sessions on the draft science plan.