Map: Gulf Coast coalition restoration projects
Louisiana's coastal zone comprises 30-40% of the coastal wetlands in the continental U.S. and is home to nearly two million people. The wetlands shelter communities from hurricanes, sustain a unique cultural heritage, support a productive seafood industry and protect a port and energy infrastructure that serves the nation.
Environmental and economic importance of coastal Louisiana
- 3.2 million waterfowl winter in south Louisiana.
- Louisiana's coastal marshes and forests are home to 120 songbird species.
- 15 threatened and endangered species live in Louisiana's coastal wetlands.
- South Louisiana's ports carry 20% of the nation's water-borne commerce.
- Louisiana ranks first in national crude oil production.
- One quarter of commercial fish landings in the Lower 48 are made in coastal Louisiana.