NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration develops scientific solutions for marine pollution, such as oil and chemical spills and marine debris.
To provide world-class science and information-based solutions to protect and restore the nation’s resources and their uses from coastal environmental hazards.
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; and 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.