The Economic Contribution of Working Waterfronts

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Working waterfronts represent a valuable economic engine for coastal communities, but quantifying this contribution can be challenging. To address this challenge, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management worked with partners to create a methodology for use by local leaders to estimate the economic contribution of their working waterfront, or “local ocean economy.”

This Guide Features

  • Background information about the methodology
  • Ideas and information on data sources
  • Estimation options
  • Implementation case studies