Marine environment means the physical, atmospheric, and biological components, conditions, and factors that interactively determine the productivity, state, condition, and quality of the marine ecosystem. These include the waters of the high seas, the contiguous zone, transitional and intertidal areas, salt marshes, and wetlands within the coastal zone and on the OCS.
Source: Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf, 30 CFR 250 (2013). Regulations
Marine environment means the sea, coast, beach, seabed, water masses (the water column) and environmental resources. Environmental resource means naturally occurring or natural biotic and abiotic components which can include one or more species, biotopes and/or habitats in a marine environment.
Source: Guidelines Regarding the Framework Regulations, Norway, updated December 2012. Regulatory Guidance