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309 Assessment & Strategy

photoUnder the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), the 309 Coastal Zone Enhancement Program, was developed to encourage states to enhance their Coastal Management Programs (CMP). In accordance with the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act, New Jersey conducts a five-year review of its Coastal Management Program's activities in nine issue areas identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The enhancement areas reviewed are:

  • aquaculture;
  • coastal hazards;
  • coastal wetlands;
  • cumulative and secondary impacts;
  • energy and government facility siting;
  • marine debris;
  • ocean resources;
  • public access; and
  • special area management planning.

Within each enhancement area, the assessment determines:

  • The extent to which problems and opportunities for program enhancement exist; 
  • The effectiveness of existing efforts to address those problems; and 
  • The priority needs and information gaps for program enhancement.

Based on the assessments, the State develops a comprehensive five-year strategy to address the high priority needs for the CMP and set forth specific program enhancements for one or more of the high priority ranked areas in order to identify program changes and implementation activities. 

Determination of New Jersey's priority needs are made in consultation with NOAA and in consideration of public comments to the draft Assessment prepared in 2010.

The 309 Assessment and Strategy for the 2016-2020 is in process. Previous CMP Assessment, Summary of Strategy, and Strategy documents, can be found at the following links:

NJ 2011 Coastal Program Assessment

NJ 2011 Coastal Program Summary of Strategy

NJ 2011 Coastal Program Strategy

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