Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine

Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine

NOAA Fisheries presents: Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine NOAA is proud to celebrate all of the workers who create a healthier environment, restore our fisheries, and strengthen our coastal economies. For these workers, habitat restoration isn’t just a job it’s a livelihood. Habitat restoration creates jobs, whether it’s dismantling obsolete dams, or restoring rivers, wetlands, oyster reefs and other habitat. These projects also generate long-term economic activity as restored habitat leads to healthier fish populations, improved commercial and recreational fisheries, and greater recreational opportunities. You can absolutely see the correlation between healthy runs of fish and healthy business, especially our business which is based solely on recreation on the river. Because of the improvements on the habitat, we’re having a larger return of the fish and fishing in this area is absolutely astronomical. Habitat restoration projects employ engineers and construction workers, hydrologists and biologists, surveyors and other skilled labor. According to a recent study, a $1 million dollar investment creates 5 oil and natural gas jobs 7 coal jobs The same investment creates 17 habitat restoration jobs. In Maine, NOAA contributed nearly $21 million dollars to restore habitat along the Penobscot River. By removing the dams and opening up the river to fish passage, we expect to see a boost in fish populations such as endangered Atlantic salmon and also river herring, which are food for cod and other valuable commercial species. When that happens, we also expect a boost in long-term economic activities. So we think, that as the river health rebounds we are going to see changes in the marine environment that could actually restore the diversity to our marine ecosystem and that has profound economic implications. More fish in the river, more fish in the bay, for that matter, means more clients in my boat, money for businesses, people pay for lodging, they pay for restaurants, they pay for tackle, they pay for going out to dinner – everything. It’s a win-win situation. I’ve been quoted with saying this numerous times. That’s what it is. There’s nobody losing here. Restoration is working. To find out about NOAA restoration projects in your community, visit our “restoration atlas” at www.restoration.noaa.gov NOAA Fisheries – Ocean Media Center

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  1. Well made video.  The information will be perfect for a classroom setting of teenagers and young adults.

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