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.

Coastal Economy Pocket Guide

This pocket guide includes:

a) One Pager on the Ocean and Coastal economies and populations: what they are, when to use, and things you need to know.

b) Short description of coastal population statistics.

c) Quick Facts on the Ocean and Coastal Economies.

Cartoonist Jim Toomey on “The True Value of Our Oceans”

UNEP has partnered with syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey to bring you this latest in a series of ocean videos, about the true value of our ocean

Fisheries Economics and Sociocultural Status and Trends Series

The annual Fisheries Economics of the U.S. report and the periodic Fishing Communities of the U.S. report are part of the Fisheries Economics & Sociocultural Status & Trends series. This series is prepared by the Division of Economics & Social Analysis, Office of Science & Technology, NOAA Fisheries. Presented from an economic or sociocultural perspective, these reports contain descriptive statistics about U.S. commercial and recreational fishing activities, fishing communities, fishing- and marine-related industries, and related coastal and demographic information.

Fisheries Economics of the United States

Economic information related to commercial and recreational fishing activities, and fishing-related industries in the United States are reported in the annualFisheries Economics of the U.S. statistical series. The primary purpose of this publication is to provide the public with easily accessible economic information about the Nation’s commercial and recreational fishing activities and associated fishing-related industries.

Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW)

Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) describes six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes:

  • Living Resources
  • Marine Construction
  • Marine Transportation
  • Offshore Mineral Resources
  • Ship and Boat Building
  • Tourism and Recreation

ENOW contains annual time-series data for 448 coastal counties, 30 coastal states, and the nation, derived from data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Four economic indicators are provided:

  • Establishments
  • Employment
  • Wages
  • Gross Domestic Product

Digital Coast

Launched in 2008, the Digital Coast is used to address timely coastal issues, including land use, coastal conservation, hazards, marine spatial planning, and climate change. One of the goals behind the creation of the Digital Coast was to unify groups that might not otherwise work together. This partnership network is building not only a website, but also a strong collaboration of coastal professionals intent on addressing coastal resource management needs. Website content is provided by numerous organizations, but all must meet the site’s quality and applicability standards.