Our beaches and coasts are amongst America’s most valuable and treasured assets. In 2015, tourism and recreation was valued at over $115 billion, accounting for over a third of the entire ocean economy. This massive contribution to America’s economy is built on healthy beaches and coasts that support thousands of different species of marine wildlife in diverse ecosystems from coral reefs to kelp forests to tide pools.
Check out these stories from people across the country about how NOAA supports healthy beaches and coasts:
Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, Florida
“NOAA’s work is tremendously important for Tampa Bay, which the World Bank named among the 10 metropolitan areas in the world most at risk for sea level rise and climate change.”