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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Marine Pollution Prevention Act,

Item Identification

Title: Marine Pollution Prevention Act
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2015-05-04

The Marine Pollution Prevention Act of 2008 implements the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, including related Protocols (MARPOL) and its Annexes I (oil pollution), II (noxious liquid substances pollution), and V (garbage), as well as Annex IV of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. The Act imposes requirements on ships for handling of wastes from ships' operations, as well as notification requirements for oil discharges. For example, the Act prohibits disposal at sea of plastics, disposal of garbage in special areas (generally, semi-enclosed seas, Antarctica, and the wider Caribbean), disposal of garbage within 25 miles of land, and disposal of food wastes and other refuse within 12 miles of land.


Date enacted: October 21, 1980

Codification: 33 U.S.C. Section 1901 et seq.

Authority: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None federal georegulation
None georegulation
None Legislative Atlas
None marine boundaries
None Marine Pollution Prevention Act
None ocean planning

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Hawaii
None National
None United States

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 652960
Date Effective From: 2015-05-04
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 652965
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 49.002254
S° Bound: 15.563124

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 652964
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1995
End: 1999

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121222
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121223
Download URL:

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 652980
Activity Date/Time: 2016-10-17

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 652979
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 717418
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality


The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete, although attribute information has been simplified. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

Areas known to be incomplete and outdated. Areas where SLA or other jurisdictional boundaries have changed after 2001 or were not available may not be exact.



Block and Boundary Data

CC ID: 652951
Contact Name: Minerals Management Service (MMS)
Publish Date: 1995-01-01
Extent Type: Continuing
Extent Start Date/Time: 1995-01-01
Source Contribution:

Vector data representing the federal/state boundary | Source Geospatial Form: map | Type of Source Media: NA

NOAA's Exclusive Economic Zone boundary file for the U.S.

CC ID: 652952
Contact Name: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Publish Date: 1995-08-22
Extent Type: Continuing
Extent Start Date/Time: 1995-08-10
Source Contribution:

MMS | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: NA


CC ID: 652950
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Publish Date: 2006-01-01
Source Contribution:

National boundary of the Marine Pollution Prevention Act | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 652953

The exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundary was clipped to the area of interest (see abstract). Coordinates were left unaltered. This EEZ segment was then used to form the seaward boundary of this data layer.

Process Date/Time: 1998-09-30 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity MarinePollutionPreventionAct

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 48895
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:48895
Metadata Record Created By: Anne Ball
Metadata Record Created: 2017-11-14 15:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-02-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-02-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-02-08