Healthy Coastal Habitats
What draws us to the water’s edge? Today in the U.S., nearly four in ten people live in counties directly on a shoreline. Coastal areas are substantially more crowded than the nation as a whole, deriving their livelihoods and economic well-being from the surrounding waters, beaches, mangroves, seagrass meadows, reefs, marshes and other coastal ecosystems.
Healthy coastal habitats deliver countless recreational, social and environmental benefits. On this page, Sea Grant is taking a moment to reflect on examples of healthy coastal habitats around the nation, and the successful work that Sea Grant programs nationwide have undertaken to promote their sustainable use and protection.
Sea Grant works across institutional barriers, helping coastal communities and businesses engage with federal, state and local entities. Collectively, the network of Sea Grant programs has helped position the U.S. as the world leader in the wise use of its coastal resources, ensuring the nation’s viability along the water’s edge.
Discover Sea Grant's work to understand and restore healthy coastal habitats:
See albums and galleries of healthy coastal habitats on our Flickr page.
Read the Healthy Coastal Habitats fact sheet.
Search for Sea Grant projects, impacts, and accomplishments focused on Healthy Coastal Habitats using our project database.
Watch Trash Free Waters video by Puerto Rico Sea Grant