Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) for the Territories

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Feb. 8 – The Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) territorial database project, NOAA

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Starting in 2012, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has been collecting marine statistics for the coastal states. NOAA has expanded the ENOW marine statistics for the U.S. territories as provided for under the Digital Coast Act or Public Law 116-23. It will be a 3-year project.

In 2021, NOAA began its work to develop Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) marine statistics for the U.S. territories and conducted workshops with the U.S. territories to receive feedback on how to define the ocean economy in each Commonwealth/Territory. Based on that initial feedback, NOAA is working with stakeholders to help define the critical elements necessary to measure an Ocean Economy. The workshops were also focused on gathering existing datasets.

For more about NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, visit their website.

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