Oceans and Coasts

Protecting New Hampshire's Marine and Coastal Habitats for People and Nature

Salt water and sun. Fishing, clamming and swimming. The Granite State’s coastline may be short at only 18 miles, but our way of life is still very much tied to the ocean. Our coast still has remnants of tangled forest, grass-covered dunes and coastal creeks teeming with a universe of creatures. Shorebirds travel thousands of miles to feed in our waters. This is where we sail, swim and comb the beaches.

Once, Great Bay and the Seacoast were crawling with shellfish. One could hardly set foot in the shallows without crushing dinner. Vast reefs provided a home for millions and millions of oysters which would, in turn, filter the entire bay every couple of days. Deeper waters in the Gulf of Maine held riches of flounder, haddock and cod, sparking a fishing industry in New England that would become one of the busiest in the world.

Our marine lands and waters still provide Granite State residents and visitors with food, jobs and protection against storms. But their historic abundance is threatened like never before as climate change, unplanned development and unsustainable harvests take a toll.

That's why we are working in partnership with local communities, businesses, government and partner organizations to find solutions that help our marine ecosystems as well as the people, plants and animals that rely on them.

Together we can keep New Hampshire’s oceans and coastal communities healthy, beautiful and productive. But we need your support to make it happen.


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