U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies

Ocean-based economic activities support jobs across the country and increase the quality of life from coast to coast. For example, offshore oil and gas production, an important ocean-based sector, provides energy for industry and transportation. Seaports give farmers, manufacturers, and retailers access to overseas markets and the United States (U.S.) commercial fishing workforce is responsible for all the seafood produced in the nation. Ocean tourism and recreation attracts vacationers from across the nation and around the world, which stimulates the U.S. economy and promotes cultural exchange. The health of the nation’s economy is tied to the health of the oceans and Great Lakes.


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  • Accession Number: 01608349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2016 2:38PM