Counting On Ocean Benefits: A science briefing on the links between the ocean, our economy, and huma

The ocean provides valuable benefits to Americans and the U.S. economy. Healthy fisheries contribute to strong ocean-based economies and communities. Natural assets such as beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife drive recreation and tourism activities. The ocean also evokes a sense of awe, provides us with a sense of place, and inspires us to explore, discover, and conserve. As we explore the growth of new ocean industries, we face decisions about how to plan for a future in which people benefit from ocean resources while ensuring abundant ocean wealth for future generations. Emerging research is helping scientists estimate the value of ocean resources and providing policymakers with tools to weigh the risks of depleting resources and the opportunities for growing ocean wealth.

This briefing brought together a panel of experts to explore the implications of ocean resources for human well-being, uncover the monetary and non-monetary values of ocean benefits, and present recent research that combines biological and economic data to gain a more complete understanding of ocean wealth. The panelists discussed a range of topics, including how human use of the ocean has changed over time; the role of the ocean as a store of wealth that contributes to long-term economic productivity; and how to harness information about ocean benefits to map ocean wealth and responsibly use ocean resources. The briefing included case studies on coral reefs and tourism, fisheries in the Atlantic, and human well-being in the Pacific Northwest, among other examples.


Dr. Doug McCauley, University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

Dr. Robert Brumbaugh, The Nature Conservancy (Big Pine Key, FL)

Dr. Eli Fenichel, Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Dr. Kelly Biedenweg, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)

Dr. Chris Costello, University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

A pdf of the one pager, scientist biographies, and annotated references is available for download, as well as a pdf of the presentation slides. Downloads will begin immediately.

Questions? Contact Heather Mannix.

Image info: From Flickr, by henry... CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0


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