The abundant resources of the Ashley-Cooper basin fuel an enormous amount of economic activity, including recreation (e.g., swimming and sunbathing , kayaking and canoeing, motor boating, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and kiteboarding), tourism, and commercial fishing. The results of a survey conducted by the South Carolina Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism indicated that nearly two-thirds of the state’s adults used South Carolina’s beaches and over one-third participated in freshwater fishing in 2005! The number of saltwater recreational licenses nearly doubled from 2006 to 2010 when 208,204 were sold. Boating is so popular that it is estimated that there is one boat for every 12 people in the state! Learn more about the economics of the Charleston Harbor watershed.