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U.S. Virgin Islands

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Coastal Population 106,405 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 3 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2016

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in U.S. Virgin Islands.

Funding: U.S. Virgin Islands Coastal Management Program

Fast Facts

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Changing Lands

The territory experienced 14 square miles of change between 2002 and 2010. The largest net changes were associated with pastures and grassland growing into scrub cover. Use NOAA’s coastal high resolution land cover data in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Ocean Economics

In 2012 the ocean economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands accounted for nearly $173 million in total wages.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report, Describing the Ocean Economies of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Coral Economics

The U.S. Virgin Islands’ coral reefs and associated ecosystems have an average economic value of $187 million per year. Find the details in this report.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for U.S. Virgin Islands' coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

Short Stories: Making a Difference in U.S. Virgin Islands

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