Coastal and ocean management requires up to date information about the economic uses and the human and economic values of coastal resources.  NOAA provides a variety of social and economic data that policy makers can use to better manage the coasts and oceans.  These data and tools, all available to the general public, are used by businesses, Regional Fisheries Management Councils, state and local governments, and even other Federal agencies.  Here we provide a brief description of some of our most popular tools and data with links to websites where you can explore the data and tools directly.


Two Minutes on Oceans
UNEP partnered with syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey on a series of ocean videos including this one on the value of our ocean 

Coastal Economy Pocket Guide
Quick facts about the ocean and coastal economies and the coastal population

Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW)
Annual, time-series data on the six sectors that depend on the ocean and Great Lakes. Learn more…

Digital Coast
The website was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. It provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA. 

Fisheries Economics of the United States
Data collection, assessments and research undertaken by the NOAA Fisheries Economics Program

Fisheries Economics and Sociocultural Status and Trends Series
Economic information related to commercial and recreational fishing activities, and fishing-related industries in the United States