Rapid prioritization of marine ecosystem services and ecosystem indicators

Rapid prioritization of marine ecosystem services and ecosystem indicators

Primary Country: United States
Ecosystem: multiple
Sample Value Estimates: For the deepwater Gulf of Mexico region studied here, the ESPM [Ecosystem Services Priority Matrix] identified food provision, recreational fishing, and the non-use ethical value derived from the presence of iconic species as the highest priority Ecosystem Services. Four indicators were identified as having the greatest potential to inform on the health of these three ES: (1) levels of selected chemical compounds in key species of fish, (2) marine sound, (3) concentration of chlorophyll- a as a proxy for phytoplankton, and (4) economic and ecological values added by artificial structures. Monitoring these and other parameters could help identify EBM actions that are adaptive and unbiased, that is, rely on scientific data.
Methodology: the ESPM [Ecosystem Services Priority Matrix]
Region: Americas

Publication information

Werner, S.R. J.P.G. Spurgeon, G.H. Isaksen, J.P. Smith, N.K. Springer, D.A. Gettleson, L. N'Guessan, J.M. Dupont “Rapid prioritization of marine ecosystem services and ecosystem indicators” Marine Policy 50: 178-179, 2014

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