America’s coasts provide millions of jobs for communities across the country and serve as a vital engine to our nation’s economy.
The ocean-dependent economy generated more than $222 billion in 2009. And every year, commercial and recreational fisheries nationwide employ 1.9 million workers.
Ocean Conservancy is working to keep our coastal communities strong and vibrant by promoting smart, sustainable uses of our ocean and coasts, including:
In California we helped create the first statewide network of marine protected areas. These underwater parks serve as nurseries for fish, increasing fish populations outside of the protected areas and benefiting commercial and recreational fishermen alike.
Across the globe, we are supporting a network of volunteers to clean our beaches, which helps protect coastal tourism economies. Millions of visitors frequent special ocean places to enjoy their favorite coastal activities, including surfing, diving, kayaking and tide-pooling.
Overfishing—taking too many fish and leaving too few to reproduce— threatens a healthy ocean and the coastal communities and global economy that depend on them. We are actively working to prevent overfishing, rebuild depleted fisheries hurt by overfishing and sustain healthy fish populations for the good of both current and future fishermen.
Plans drawn from sound science, proven policies and collaboration with the fishing industry are now in place to promote future generations of fish for everyone to enjoy. These plans are working and increasing the size and number of fish in the ocean. Red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico show what success can look like. But we can’t stop now, we need to stay the course.
Ocean Conservancy is leading efforts for smart, sensible ways to streamline the management of our ocean and coasts, strengthening economic activity while still supporting smart, common sense environmental protections.
Today’s ocean faces an era of unprecedented activity—wind farms and energy facilities, commercial fishing, recreation, offshore drilling and shipping superhighways all compete for a stake in the ocean. Smart science and planning are the only way to maximize what we get from the ocean while preserving sustainability and avoiding conflicts among users.
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