Ocean and Coastal Resource Management: About The Site

Welcome to the official website of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

Purpose and Organization | Accessibility | Editorial Policy | Technical Information

Purpose and Organization

NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management's (OCRM) website provides information about the array of responsibilities, activities and resources of OCRM. The site is organized by topic, highlighting the issues and areas OCRM is involved in to assist coastal states and territories and, ultimately, the American public.


Every attempt has been made to make this site compliant with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, we have provided a link to a detailed Site Index on every page. This index provides a direct link to most pages in the site for simple text navigation.

Please notify us of any specific accessibility problems that you encounter, or any suggestions you might have on how we could improve the site's access. Please email these comments and suggestions to: ocrm.webmaster@noaa.gov.

Editorial Policy

This site is managed by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, a program office within NOAA’s National Ocean Service. As a federal government site, all federal editorial policies apply, such as those on privacy, copyright, commercial promotion, etc. Materials posted on this site are reviewed by OCRM professional staff prior to publishing. Final decisions are made by the site's editorial committee. All material on the site resides in the public domain and can be freely distributed. Use of appropriate photo and image credits is requested.

Technical Information

Browsers. This site is best viewed in Netscape, version 6.0 and above, or Internet Explorer, version 5.0 and above. Website visitors using earlier versions of these browsers may encounter occasional format anomalies when viewing and printing pages from the website. Performance of this site has not been tested on browsers other than Netscape and Internet Explorer.

Access Time. Some pages on this site contain numerous images. The images provide necessary visual supplements for the text and enhance the visual appeal of the page. All images have been provided with captions to allow those users who cannot load images immediately to select specific images for viewing. Pages have been developed to load text first.

Links. Links are provided to many external websites, chiefly other NOAA websites, as reference or supplemental material. External sites that are accessed by these links will launch a new browser session in a single, separate browser window. Each external site that is accessed will appear in this same browser window until the window is closed. A limited number of links to non-U.S. government sites are included. Users are notified that they are leaving a U.S. government website by a separate page that appears on screen for approximately 20 seconds.

Fonts and Type Sizes. Verdana is the default font for this site; 10 point is the default size. All browsers allow users to select specific fonts and type sizes for display. Some users select large type sizes for ease of reading, or specific fonts for personal tastes. The text and layout should not be adversely affected by a user's selection of alternative fonts and type sizes.

Printing Pages. This site has been designed to ensure simple printing. We recommend printing in landscape format at a scale of 100 percent. Printing in portrait format at 100 percent may result in some parts of the extreme right side of a page being cut off. For printing in portrait format, we recommend printing at a scale of 90 percent.

Downloadable Documents. Some documents are available on this site as downloadable files in Portable Document Format (pdf). These files can be viewed on microcomputers equipped with recent versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.

There are some known issues with downloading PDF documents, particularly on Windows systems, due to conflicting changes in the way in which Acrobat Reader and various browsers talk to one another. But there is a simple work-around: if you right-click (Windows) or option-click (Macintosh) on the link, the entire file will be sent to your machine, and then you can open it off your own hard drive using Acrobat Reader.

Index and Search This Site. A link to the site index and the search box appear on every page. The Site Index is a complete listing of every page on the site and includes links to each of those pages. Search is a standard word/phrase search capability for all text and documents (pdf) on the site's pages.

For Further Technical Information. For questions or comments about the technical aspects of this site, e-mail: ocrm.webmaster@noaa.gov.