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Status and Trends of Wetlands in Coastal Watersheds

Why Wetlands Matter
Wetlands support the health of estuaries, upon which almost 50 percent of the commercially harvested fish and shellfish and 80 percent of the recreational catch in the United States depend. They also buffer coastlines from severe storms, like Hurricane Sandy.

Learn more about wetland loss in the new report by NOAA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service---Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds, 2004-2009.

Coastal Wetlands Loss
According to the report findings, the coastal watersheds in the continental United States lost an estimated 360,720 acres of wetlands from 2004 to 2009. The average rate of loss for that time period was 80,000 acres a year. That breaks down to losing seven football fields an hour! This is a 25 percent increase over the previous 6-year study period.

Status and Trends of Coastal Wetlands 2004-2009 Factsheet