Many people near the Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico use and depend on the ocean for commercial and recreational purposes. The ocean areas within the Study Area are used for a variety of recreational activities, such as charter and tour boats, surfing, fishing and diving. Waters all along the coast in the Study Area are popular for commercial and sport fishing, recreational diving, and other recreational activities, which are important social and economic activities. These industries support large numbers of fishermen, boat operators, and recreational boaters. The ocean areas of the range complexes also support other important activities related to shipping, scientific, cultural, and institutional purposes.