Coastal conservation is an integral part of the overall ecosystem conservation movement. Coastal ecosystems include estuaries, coastal waters and lands located at the lower end of drainage basins, where stream and river systems meet the sea and are mixed by tides. These ecosystems are very important because they provide habitat for fish and other animals beyond their immediate geographic scope.
Coastal conservation is very important especially in view of the approaching years because of the stresses that commercial development and human growth are putting on the various coastal habitats and species. The United States’ coastlines are desirable places to live and so more and more people are developing homes and businesses along the shorelines. This population growth is a major threat to natural habitat and therefore a direct cause of plummeting wildlife populations.
As a result of the decreasing populations and loss of habitat, many conservation organizations have formed. Coastal habitats around the world support a wonderful diversity of life and coastal conservation of these habitats is imperative for their future success. The most important way to ensure that these places remain self-sustaining natural systems is to help spread the awareness of their importance to our shared global community.