The More You NOAA

Local Benefits of our Nation's Premiere Ocean and Coastal Agency

The More You NOAA

Coastal Economies

Coastal communities and businesses that rely on the ocean are a major economic engine for the United States. Almost 40 percent of the country’s population lives on the coast, and in addition to supporting millions of jobs and livelihoods, coastal states contribute over $16 trillion to the U.S. economy.

Coastal Economies

Check out these stories from people across the country about how NOAA supports coastal economies:


Jim Cantonis

President, Acme Sponge and Chamois, Florida

“Without Florida Sea Grant, there would be no sponge fishery in Florida."

Bill Mook

Mook Sea Farm, Maine

“NOAA provides information we use on a regular basis. That accurate information is key to our resiliency in the face of rapidly changing environmental conditions.”

Helen Henderson

Ocean Planning Manager, American Littoral Society, New Jersey

“NOAA has provided expertise, coordination and funding to help identify vulnerabilities.”

Mike Cassinelli and Crystal Dingler

Former Mayor, Ilwaco, WA and Mayor, Ocean Shores, WA, Washington

“We can’t protect our citizens from floods and tsunamis, keep fishermen safe, and fisheries viable, or maintain tourism without NOAA.”

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