"NOAA's [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's] Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal and marine environments, which may include oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris. OR&R is comprised of three divisions: Emergency Response, Assessment and Restoration, and Marine Debris. To fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring the nation's coastal and marine ecosystems and resources, OR&R: 1. Provides world-class scientific and technical support to prepare for and respond to oil and chemical releases. 2. Determines injuries to natural resources from spills and other hazards, then seeks damages for restoration to make the public whole.3. Protects and restores marine and coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs. 4. Works with communities to address critical local and regional coastal challenges."
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov/