State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies 2014

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Type: Report
Year of publication: 2014
Authors: Judith Kildow, Charles Colgan, Jason Scorse, Pat Johnston, Matt Nichols
Publishing institution: National Ocean Economics Program, Center for a Blue Economy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies
City: Monterey, California

The nation’s coasts and oceans contribute much to the United States economy. For the past 14 years, the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP), now a program of the Center for the Blue Economy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, has compiled time-series data that track economic activities, demographics, ports and cargo volume and value, natural resource production and value, non-market values, and federal expenditures in the U.S. coastal zone both on land and in the water. A report on the ocean and coastal economies of the United States was released by NOEP in 2009 covering data through 2005. This report is an update of that study covering the period 2007–2012. State summaries from this report are available on the NOEP website under publications. The major conclusions of the report are summarized here.

All of the data discussed in this report are available on the NOEP website at In 2010, the Coastal Services Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) took over production of the Ocean Economy data series using a methodology developed by NOEP that combines existing federal data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Therefore, the Ocean Economy data are also available from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center in a different format, at

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