NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris.
To fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring NOAA trust resources, the Office of Response and Restoration:
- Provides scientific and technical support to prepare for and respond to oil and chemical releases.
- Determines damage to natural resources from these releases.
- Protects and restores marine and coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs.
- Works with communities to address critical local and regional coastal challenges.
OR&R is comprised of three divisions: Emergency Response, Assessment and Restoration, and Marine Debris. Collectively, the Office of Response and Restoration provides comprehensive solutions to environmental hazards caused by oil, chemicals, and marine debris.
If you're a journalist with a question about the Office of Response and Restoration and its activities, please contact Ben Sherman, NOAA National Ocean Service Public Affairs, at 301.713.3066 or Ben.Sherman@noaa.gov. You can view a list of our most recent press releases and stories here and find a variety of photos, videos, and podcasts on our Multimedia page. Find answers to frequently asked questions about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, where you will also see a list of NOAA websites with public data and information.