|The Economic Value of Coasts & Estuaries|
From the Executive Summary of The Economic and Market Value of Coasts and Estuaries: What's At Stake? by Linwood Pendleton
Our nation was built from the coast. Americans, like people around the world, are drawn to the coast because of its beauty, productivity, and because our coasts are gateways to the world. The coast nurtures our frontier spirit, our need for outdoor recreation, and the constant American appetite for sweeping ocean views and quiet bayfront vistas. Coasts, coastal oceans, and estuaries are essential to ocean fisheries and aquaculture. Coasts and their waters also generate oxygen, sequester carbon dioxide, and provide habitat to plants and animals both marine and terrestrial.
In February, 2006 Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) commissioned a pilot study with volunteers from three Restore America's Estuaries member organizations, Tampa Bay Watch (FL), Save San Francisco Bay Association (CA), and Galveston Bay Foundation (TX). The goal of the study was to begin to explore if or how volunteering in an environmental context relates to conservation behaviors when not engaged in volunteering.