About the Commission

The NH Coastal Marine Natural Resources & Environment Commission (COMNARE) is a state commission established by the NH State Legislature (effective July 26, 2016). The commission's duties are as follows:

  1. Investigate, monitor, and propose prevention and mitigation strategies for emerging environmental threats in coastal and Great Bay waters, including but not limited to warming of waters, ocean acidification, sedimentation, and nutrient loading, which impact fish, shellfish, and the food chain thereof. 
  2. Identify gaps and recommend improvements in water quality monitoring, including monitoring pH and evaluating its impact on the impaired waters designation of waterbodies. 
  3. Recommend strategies for enhancing capacities for improving water quality. 
  4. Examine the Blue Carbon credit program for sea grass promotion and oyster bed restoration. 
  5. Report annually to the chairpersons of the NH House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over issues affecting coastal marine resources and the environment, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the NH Governor.