A healthy Sound also keeps the area's economic engine alive

Puget Sound is an outdoors economic powerhouse. According to state and federal studies:

There are 331 launch sites for smaller boats. Washington boaters spend $464 million on boats, motors, trailers and accessories, and the state ranks 10th in spending on boating. Most of the state's boaters live on or near Puget Sound.

Islands and Puget Sound are popular spots. Hood Canal is a world-class diving destination - especially in winter, when the water is clearer. The average diver spends $150 a day for food, lodging, transportation and diving-related services.

Sources: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service