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The ecological basis for economic value of seafood production supported by mangrove ecosystems
Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för systemekologi.
1999 (English)In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, Vol. 29, no 2, 235-252 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The undervaluation of natural products and ecological services generated by mangrove ecosystems is a major driving force behind the conversion of this system into alternative uses. This trend of undervaluation is partly due to the difficulty involved in placing a monetary value on all relevant factors, but lack of ecological knowledge and a holistic approach among those performing the evaluation may be even more important determinants. This article identifies and synthesizes ecological and biophysical links of mangroves that sustain capture fisheries and aquaculture production. Fish, crustacean and mollusc species associated with mangroves are presented and the ecology of their direct use of this system is reviewed. Through a coastal seascape perspective, biophysical interactions among mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs are illustrated. The life-support functions of mangrove ecosystems also set the framework for sustainable aquaculture in these environments. Estimates of the annual market value of capture fisheries supported by mangroves ranges from US$ 750 to 16 750 per hectare, which illustrates the potential support value of mangroves. The value of mangroves in seafood production would further increase by additional research on subsistence fisheries, biophysical support to other ecosystems, and the mechanisms which sustain aquaculture production.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier , 1999. Vol. 29, no 2, 235-252 p.
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Mangroves; Coastal seascape; Ecological services; Capture fisheries; Aquaculture; Economic evaluation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-986DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8009(99)00016-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-986DiVA: diva2:424163
Available from: 2011-06-17 Created: 2011-06-17 Last updated: 2014-01-03Bibliographically approved

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