Welcome to the Maine Coastal Program

The Maine Coastal Program works with various partners toward the shared goal of a healthy coast and vibrant coastal communities.

Maine Coastal Program News


Notice of Approval of Changes to the Maine Coastal Program

September 1, 2020: Please see the News page for additional information


Maine Coastal Program Strategic Outlook 2021-2025 is Available

July, 2021  - On a five year cycle, the Maine Coastal Program (MCP) at the Department of Marine Resources prepares a Strategic Outlook which assesses the status of key coastal management priorities and scopes potential future initiatives to improve management of coastal resources in Maine.  In 2021, after public comment and review by an interdisciplinary team at NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, the document was approved by NOAA as meeting the requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Enhancement Program under the provisions of Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.  This assessment is used to determine priorities and develop strategies to be undertaken by MCP, provided that future funding, capacity and partnerships become available.


CZMA Consistency Submissions – E-mail Filing Only

April 15, 2020 - Maine Coastal Program staff continue to process Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) consistency determinations and certifications while working remotely. Effective immediately, all CZMA consistency-related documents filed with DMR/Coastal Program must be submitted by e-mail. Such documents should be sent to Todd Burrowes, Federal Consistency Coordinator, 207-707-2324; todd.burrowes@maine.gov.  If you are unable to submit such documents by e-mail and wish to discuss an alternative, you may contact Todd Burrowes.


Maine Coastal Program Moves to the Department of Marine Resources

September 11, 2017 - Today the Maine Coastal Program announced its move from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Marine Resources.


Maine Stream Habitat Viewer Release

Version 2.0 of the Maine Stream Habitat Viewer is here! First released in 2013, the Stream Habitat Viewer has successfully brought together people seeking to cooperatively restore and conserve Maine’s streams and wetlands while also looking for opportunities to ease the financial burdens of road and dam owners. The Viewer displays stream habitats for species important to Maine’s economy, ecology and way of life and also provides information about dams and road crossings that can act as barriers to fish passage and stream health.

See News for more information.


Maine Coastal Highlights

Listen to the Maine Coastal Highlights produced by WCLZ radio. These short audio clips highlight a new section of the Maine coast from the Maine Coastal Access Guide every week.


Maine Coastal Program Strategic Outlook, 2016-2020 (PDF file, 172 pages, 1.5 MB) Now Available


The Maine Coastal Program Accomplishments 2012-2013 Report (13 pages, 19.3 MB) released.

Maine Coastal Program Accomplishments 2012-2013 Report (PDF file, 13 pages, 19.3 MB)


State of the Gulf of Maine Report Released

The State of the Gulf of Maine Report has been updated and is available from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment.

State of the Gulf of Maine Report


Last updated on September 1, 2020.