The Economic and Market Value of Coasts and Estuaries: What’s at Stake?

In this book, we examine the economic value of our coasts and estuaries with an eye to understanding the economic benefits of protecting and restoring America’s coasts and estuaries. The economic potential and value of the coast is richer and more complex than most people realize. Coasts and estuaries generate both economic value and economic impact—an important subtlety often overlooked in coastal development and planning. Coasts generate goods and services that are consumed through extraction (e.g., seafood); values that are never extracted, such as scenic views; and gases, such as oxygen, that are consumed globally.

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