The West Coast’s $56 billion ocean economy supports 500,000 jobs in hotels, restaurants, charter boats, gas stations, guide businesses, and gear shops.
Polling shows strong opposition to opening the coast to new drilling:
69% of Californians oppose new drilling.
70% of SD and Orange County residents oppose offshore drilling.
64% of inland Californians residents oppose offshore drilling.
95% agree that the condition of the ocean is important to their quality of life.
Coastal recreation in Oregon generates $2.4 billion per year, with 80% of residents visiting the beach at least once annually.
Commercial fishing and seafood processing contribute more than $350,000,000 annually to California’s GDP.
Washington has the largest commercial fishing and seafood processing sector in the country, worth $1.5 billion.