National Significance

Louisiana’s coastal wetlands protect communities and critical oil and gas infrastructure from storm surge, support 20% of the nation’s annual waterborne commerce, and provide 26% (by weight) of the nation’s commercial fisheries landings.  Approximately two million people reside in the area we call America’s Wetland, many of whom have made their lives and livelihoods in close proximity to the coast.  Louisiana’s wetlands also provide winter habitat for more than five million migratory waterfowl and offers stopover habitat for millions of neotropical migratory birds.  The coast’s intrinsic value, as a working coast, home to millions of citizens, and natural habitats makes it one of the nation’s most unique and valuable landscapes.

For more information about the national significance of Louisiana’s coast, click here to visit the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority homepage.