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Coastal Population 598,207 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 5 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Coastline Miles 33,904 (length of shoreline report - PDF)
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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 Alaska.

Funding: Coastal Zone Management Programs and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Ocean Jobs

Ocean jobs account for $6 billion in goods and services in Anchorage County, Alaska.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about ocean jobs in coastal counties.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Alaska’s ocean-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

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

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