New Report Says Estuaries Have a Huge Economic Impact

The Economic Value of America’s Estuaries: 2021 Report, prepared by TBD Economics and the Center for the Blue Economy, looks at natural infrastructure such as wetlands and oyster reefs, and coastal blue carbon, or the carbon captured by marine organisms and stored in coastal ecosystems, in the local economies of six case study sites: Pamlico Sound in North Carolina, Great Egg Harbor in New Jersey, Florida’s Tampa Bay, Terrebonne-Haute Basin in Louisiana, San Pablo Bay in California, and Snohomish Estuary in Washington. expands on the previous report and

The report is an update to the 2009 report, “The Economic and Market Value of America’s Coasts and Estuaries: What’s at Stake?”, which examined economic impacts of estuaries during that time to gross state and domestic product in 21 regions of the continental United States and also reviewed the benefits of five major sectors of the economy: fisheries, energy infrastructure, marine transportation, real estate and recreation.

For more information, see: Estuaries, though small, have huge economic impact: report, Jennifer Allen,