About National Estuarine Research Reserves
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 30 coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems in collaboration with and service to surrounding communities. Established through the Coastal Zone Management Act, this partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states supports ecosystem health and the interconnectedness of people and the environment. A broad range of perspectives are incorporated, including Indigenous peoples and tribal nations. Learn More.