In November 2016, the Government of Canada announced an Oceans Protection Plan. As we are all still trying to understand what changes this plan will result in on the ground and in the water, it is crucial to emphasize that healthy ocean ecosystems are fundamental to healthy economies. Read my report from 2015, Making Our Coasts Work: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Economies, Healthy Communities, written as part of a series of reports on marine planning and protection for the David Suzuki Foundation, Living Oceans Society and WWF-Canada. This report examines the important and often under-valued role that healthy ocean ecosystems provide to our economy. It demonstrates how investing in marine planning and protective measures are the best way to protect our economy and communities.