In self-interest, we must protect our coasts

As coastal constituents of U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, we care about the welfare of Long Island Sound. Coastal recreation drives our economy, and at the core of this economy is the marine environment. Recreational services along the Sound, such as fishing, rely on vibrant ecosystems. By protecting these ecosystems against climate change, we can sustain profits from coastal recreation into the future. If we ignore the economic risk of climate change, we not only threaten ecosystems, but also the nearly 52,000 jobs and $3.6 billion in GDP that make up Connecticut’s coastal economy.

Members of Congress should prioritize ocean-related climate adaptation to promote resilient ecosystems. Already, champions like Reps. Dingell and Mast are protecting their communities that depend on healthy oceans. Through their recent sponsorship of Forage Fish Conservation Act (H.R.2236), they have taken steps towards better fisheries management, a step that will undoubtedly enhance the Sound. With this legislation, generations of Connecticut citizens can enjoy the recreation and economic benefits of a managed marine environment. We ask Courtney to join others in Congress to safeguard the environment and economy of our important coasts and oceans. 

Genevieve Nuttall

and

Lorenzo Enderle

Waterford

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