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National Marine Sanctuaries - Supporting Jobs, Communities and Culture

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Have you ever wondered how many businesses and jobs depend on
national marine sanctuaries? As it
turns out, the answer is more than any of us realized.

Visitors to the sanctuaries are often struck by their extraordinary natural beauty, but the worth of these underwater treasures is greater than just their aesthetic wonder. People rely on the continued conservation of these special places for their livelihoods, both directly and indirectly. Generation after generation of Americans has grown up, worked jobs and supported families on the waters of your national marine sanctuaries.

Nationwide, nearly 400 local communities border national marine sanctuaries. These communities depend on us to ensure these waters stay productive, healthy and available for everyone that comes to enjoy them. National marine sanctuaries have economic value reaching far beyond the water. Sanctuaries are sites of great natural beauty and historical significance — not just tourist destinations, but also centers for strong local economies.

When companies and other enterprises locate themselves near these special places, they do this in part to enjoy the quality of life and economic benefits sanctuary communities provide.

While it is easy to get lost in the bureaucratic details of sanctuary management plans, budget reviews and other competing demands for our attention, it's important to take stock in how jobs are sustained through NOAA's work in protecting critical ecosystems. Managing special places like national marine sanctuaries enables us to encourage recreation, create jobs and build stronger coastal communities.

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will continue this work in 2011 and beyond, building stronger communities, supporting local economies and maintaining the coastal cultures that are a true American treasure. Our greatest accomplishment remains investing in America's future. With so many jobs and business depending on national marine sanctuaries, it's an investment worth making.

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