CZMA Section 309 Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Ocean Service Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act establishes a voluntary coastal zone enhancement grants program to encourage the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) to develop program changes in one or more of the following nine enhancement areas: Wetlands, Coastal Hazards, Public Access, Marine Debris, Cumulative and Secondary Impacts, Special Area Management Planning, Ocean Resources, Energy and Government Facility Siting, and Aquaculture

Under this program, the Secretary of Commerce is authorized to make awards to states to develop and submit for federal approval, program changes that support attainment of one or more of the enhancement area objectives. Section 309 further requires that the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) review, in close cooperation with the ACMP, its priority management needs and evaluate proposed strategies.


309 Assessment

The Assessment will provide the factual basis for the ACMP and OCRM to determine priority needs for program enhancement. It must determine the effectiveness of existing efforts to address those problems for each of the enhancement objectives; determine the extent to which problems and opportunities for program enhancement exist; and identify priority needs for program enhancement.


309 Strategy

The Strategy is a comprehensive, multi-year statement of goals and the methods for their attainment that is prepared by the ACMP and approved by OCRM in accordance with Section 309 regulations. The Strategy should address the priority needs for program enhancement and set forth specific program changes to be sought under one or more of the enhancement objectives.


Important Links

Questions, comments, and all other feedback may be sent to:


Dave Gann david.gann@alaska.gov
(Marine Debris/Wetlands/ Special Area Management Planning)


Shauna McMahon, shauna.mcmahon@alaska.gov
(Coastal Hazards/Public Access/Aquaculture)


Joanne Schmidt, joanne.schmidt@alaska.gov
(Ocean Resources/Energy and Facilities Siting/ Cumulative and Secondary Impacts