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National Significance


Our treasured coast is home to more than 2 million people who live, work, and play in coastal Louisiana just as many of our families have done for generations. Coastal Louisiana also has strong ties to the entire nation and provides an extensive transportation system for commodity flows to the entire world.

Its historic and strategic location at the mouth of the Mississippi River, coupled with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and extensive pipeline infrastructure, make Louisiana the #1 export state in the nation. The working coast annually sends more than $120 billion in goods and services to the rest of the United States and exports $36.2 billion internationally. The coast also supports infrastructure that supplies 90% of the nation’s outer continental shelf oil and gas, 20% of the nation’s  annual waterborne commerce, and 26% (by weight) of the continental U.S. commercial fisheries landings.