National Estuarine Research Reserve System
About the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
Through the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a network of 29 sites, over 1.3 million acres of estuaries are protected and studied. The results benefit natural and man-made communities. This NOAA-led effort uses a partnership approach with coastal states to manage each reserve.
Active restoration and protection initiatives are ongoing, as well as monitoring programs and community-based research projects. Each reserve also provides the trainers and educators needed to bring reserve-generated data and information to local citizens and decision makers.