Economic Benefits: Links for Students

About Estuaries

Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea. Discover what makes them different from other ecosystems.

Features: Graphics/Multimedia

Biology Project: Gone Fishing

This is an excellent site to learn about data gathering, scientific reporting techniques, and inquiry methods.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Data Sources, Inquiry Materials

Solve an Estuary Mystery

Imagine that something is wrong with your local estuary. Be a sleuth to solve an estuary mystery!

Features: Online Interactivity, Assessment

Estuaries and the Coastal Watershed

The economy of many coastal areas rely on the natural beauty and bounty of estuaries. When these natural resource are imperiled so are the livelihoods of many people who live and work along the coast.

Why Are Estuaries Important? Economy and Environment

Estuaries are important natural places. They provide goods and services that are economically and ecologically indispensable.

Features: Graphics/Multimedia

The Watermen

People who make a living by fishing, crabbing, and oystering on the Chesapeake Bay are called watermen. Most are independent fishermen. Discover who these unique people are and what their life is like.

Features: A Bit of History

The Economics of Estuaries

An estuary is a tremendous economic resource that provides jobs to coastal communities. The commercial and recreational fishing industry alone employs 1.5 million people and contributes $111 billion to the nation's economy.



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