A new study says wildlife tourism is a $19 billion industry along the Gulf Coast and urges states to focus spending of settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill on restoring sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others in business.
The study, commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Walton Family Foundation and released Tuesday, draws largely on data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and parish/county tourism bureaus.
It takes into account the economic value of a variety of ecotourism interests, from hunting and fishing to birdwatching and dolphin tours.
The groups say the findings underscore the urgency of using money expected from oil spill defendants to restore ecosystems damaged after BP's Macondo blew wild in April 2010.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.