Oceans are an essential part of the planet covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface.
The oceans support more than 28 million American jobs.
More than 80% of the nation’s economy is supported in coastal states.
In 2007, 42% of the national economic output took place in shore-line counties.
More than 70 million Americans visited beaches in 2010.
Find out more about specific areas of the nation’s ocean economy:
- Aquaculture & Seafood
- Marine Construction
- Minerals & Natural Resources
- Water Recreation
- Ship & Boat-building
- Tourism & Recreation
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