Louisiana’s coast is a precious natural, economic, and cultural resource. It is an area rich in ecological abundance that supports world-class commercial and recreational fisheries and is home to an array of waterfowl, migratory birds, reptiles, and amphibians. It is an area that maintains five of the top 12 ports (by cargo volume) in the United States. It is a major energy supplier of our nation’s oil and natural gas. Above all, the Louisiana coast is home to more than 2 million people – nearly half of the state’s population. Our people have a deep and abiding love for their coast and a rich cultural heritage closely connected to the land and water. This complex and fragile ecosystem is disappearing at an alarming rate.