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Coastal Population 2,525,305 (coastal states summary - PDF)
Corals Puerto Rico is home to over 5,000 square kilometers of shallow coral reef ecosystems.

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Puerto Rico.

Funding: Puerto Rico Coastal Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

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Ocean Economics

In 2012 the ocean economy of Puerto Rico accounted for nearly $922 million in total wages.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report, Describing the Ocean Economies of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Coral Economics

Puerto Rico’s coral reefs and associated ecosystems have an average economic value of nearly $1.1 billion per year. Find the details in this report.

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Habitat Focus Area

Puerto Rico’s Northeast Marine Corridor and Culebra Island Habitat Focus Area is home to many species of coral, seagrass beds, and mangroves, all of which provide habitat for recreationally and commercially important marine life. Plans to improve this habitat and lessen threatening conditions are underway.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Puerto Rico's coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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