Total Economic Value for Protecting and Restoring Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecosystems

Total Economic Value for Protecting and Restoring Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecosystems

Primary Country: United States
Ecosystem: coral reef
Sample Value Estimates:
  1. $224.81: protection and restoration of degraded ecosystems, as exemplified by increasing MPAs in the main Hawaiian Islands to 25%, is worth about $224.81 per year to the average U.S. household.
  2. $62.82 per year: Restoration of coral reefs after localized injuries, as exemplified by repairing 5 acres of reef per year after ship strikes, is worth about $62.82 per year.
  3. $34 billion per year: This makes the estimated value of doing both about $34 billion per year when aggregated over the entire number of households in the United States.
Region: Americas / Hawaii

Publication information

Bishop, R. Chapman, D.Kanninen, B.Krosnick, J.Leeworthy, B.Meade, N. “Total Economic Value for Protecting and Restoring Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecosystems” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2011

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