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.
Check out these stories from people across the country about how NOAA supports coastal economies:
President, Acme Sponge and Chamois, Florida
“Without Florida Sea Grant, there would be no sponge fishery in Florida."