Ecological Economic Modeling of Coral Reefs: Evaluating Tourist Overuse at Hanauma Bay and Algae Blooms at the Kihei Coast, Hawaii

Ecological Economic Modeling of Coral Reefs: Evaluating Tourist Overuse at Hanauma Bay and Algae Blooms at the Kihei Coast, Hawaii

Primary Country: United States
Ecosystem: coral reef
Sample Value Estimates:
  1. $100 million: Net benefit of the Hanauma Bay Educational Program, set up to improve the marine awareness of visitors
  2. $30 million: Benefits over time of mitigation actions to deal with algal blooms in the Kihei coast, Maui that cause large losses of real estate value and tourism
Region: Pacific / Hawaii
Data source: Consvalmap.org

Publication information

van Beukering, P. Cesar, H. “Ecological Economic Modeling of Coral Reefs: Evaluating Tourist Overuse at Hanauma Bay and Algae Blooms at the Kihei Coast, Hawaii” Pacific Science 58(2), 2004

Addtional Notes

Cost of program was $23 million. Visitors were WTP $7 more than they were charged

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Economic Valuation Study

Tourism and Recreational Value

Coral Reef

Visitors to Hanauma Bay, Hawaii were willing to pay $7 more than they were charged. The net benefits of the Hanauma Bay Educational Program, set up to improve the marine awareness of visitors, were $100 million, greatly exceeding the $23 million cost of the program, over time. http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/pacific_science/v058/58.2beukering.pdf

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