Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons join a bipartisan group of lawmakers to form a new Senate Oceans Caucus.
The caucus will examine issues facing coastal areas and the oceans, which the lawmakers say support millions of American jobs and contribute more to the Gross Domestic Product than the entire farm sector. Tourism in Delaware beach areas contributes over $665-million to the state’s economy each year. “The state’s coastline and coastal communities face serious threats from climate change and rising sea levels – threats that other coastal states face as well,” Carper said. “Between tourism, recreation, energy, shipping and fishing, a wide variety of industries in Delaware are dependant on the seas,” Coons added. The panel will get support in its research and initiatives from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Ocean Conservancy, the National Ocean Industries Association, the American Association of Port Authorities, and Ocean Champions.