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National Estuarine Research Reserves System’s Economic Impact

March 9, 2012

According to a recent report from the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Economic Impact is:

• In 2010, NERRS coastal counties provided 4.4% of total wages earned in the US and 4.2% of the nation’s jobs: contributing over $26B in economic output and supporting more than 468,000 jobs in ocean-dependent industries.

• Estuaries are nursery grounds for 2/3 of commercial fish and shellfish: in NERRS states, the shellfish and seafood industry contributed over $2.7B to the economy in 2010.

• More than 2M people annually visit the NERRS: an estimated more than $20M annually in direct benefit from these visitor use opportunities.

• In 2011, NERRS contributed more than $10M to science and research.

• NERRS contributes more than $4.9M in education relief offsets, educating over 83,000 children.

• NERRS offsets more than $13.4M in training for more than 66,000 people.

• NERRS creates more than 60 jobs for each $1M of federal construction (PAC) money spent.

• NERRS leveraged investments of more than $114M to purchase 30,000+ acres of coastal property over the last 10 years.

• NERRS land conservation ensures that 1.3M acres of coastal property worth more than $6.5B are protected.


For the complete NERRA one-pager, click here 


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