The Florida Coastal Office (FCO) manages more than 4 million acres of the most valuable submerged lands and select coastal uplands in Florida. With support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), FCO manages 41 aquatic preserves, three National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs), the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Coral Reef Conservation Program.
The Florida Coastal Office also oversees the Florida Coastal Management Program which coordinates the protection and enhancement of the state's natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. The Outer Continental Shelf Program is responsible for conducting the Department's technical review of activities that occur in federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection through the Florida Coastal Office is the lead state agency for responding to impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the resulting restoration process.