Cooperating for Conservation
Working for coastal ecosystem
conservation, the Texas Coastal
Program has, since 2003:
- Invested $2.8 million into on-the-ground solutions
- Leveraged $16 million with
- Conserved over 42,000 acres of coastal wetland and upland
The challenges facing the Texas Gulf Coast will require strong partnerships and creative solutions. The Coastal Program will be needed more than ever to play a leadership role in fostering the relationships and developing the ideas that will meet those challenges.
Coastal Habitats Are Important
Coastal habitats help maintain water quality, protect communities from
tropical storms and reduce flooding.
Coastal Habitats Support:
• 85% of migratory songbirds
• 77% of fish and shellfish
• 92% of shorebirds
• 45% of threatened & endangered
• 90% of all seafood species
Coastal Habitats Provide an Economic Boost to Texas
Texas leads the nation in the number of hunters, anglers, and hunting expenditures. 75% of the 35-million Americans who fish or hunt live in coastal states.
Annually, in Texas these benefits add up to:
• Hunting - $2.3 billion
• Commercial fishing - $358 million
• Recreational fishing - $3.2 billion
• Tourism - $7.5 billion
• Wildlife viewing - $2.9 billion
• Texas is the number one birding
destination in the U.S.