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Habitat scale mapping of fisheries ecosystem services values in estuaries
O'Higgins, T. G., S. P. FERRARO, D. D. DANTIN, S. J. JORDAN, AND M. M. CHINTALA. Habitat scale mapping of fisheries ecosystem services values in estuaries. Ecology and Society. Resilience Alliance Publications, Waterloo, Canada, 15(4):article 7, (2010).
Little is known about the variability of ecosystem service values at spatial scales most relevant to local decision makers.
Little is known about the variability of ecosystem service values at spatial scales most relevant to local decision makers. Competing definitions of ecosystem services, the paucity of ecological and economic information and the lack of standardization in methodology are major obstacles to applying the ecosystem services approach at the estuary scale. We present a standardized method that combines habitat maps and habitat-faunal associations to estimate ecosystem services values for recreational and commercial fisheries in estuaries. Three case studies in estuaries on the U.S. west coast (Yaquina Bay, Oregon), east coast (Lagoon Pond, Massachusetts), and the Gulf of Mexico (weeks bay, Alabama) are presented to illustrate our method’s rigor and limitations using available data. The resulting spatially explicit maps of fisheries ecosystem services values show within and between estuary variations in the value of estuarine habitat types that can be used to make better informed resource management decisions.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY
WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION
PACIFIC COASTAL ECOLOGY BRANCH