Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


One of the most valuable and misused assets possessed by the United States is the rich and highly varied coastal zone. The genesis of much of our material wealth and the basis for success of the early colonies has been our national fascination with the sea. As our industry and population have expanded, the coastal zone has been neglected seriously to the detriment of both current and future generations of Americans. Abuse of the coastal zone stems from employing it as a dumping ground, using the rivers flowing into it for effluent disposal and haphazard, poorly planned development. Since the coastal zone is a valuable asset which is threatened by conflicting use and poor management, an analysis of coastal zone management is a useful means of examining the problems of managing a vital resource.