Conserving America's Fisheries: An Assessment of Economic Contributions from Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation

Publication and Source

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2010). Conserving America's Fisheries: An Assessment of Economic Contributions from Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation. Arlington, VA: Charbonneau, J.J. & Caudill, J.

Short Description

This economic assessment estimates the annual economic contributions attributed to five focus areas: aquatic habitat conservation, aquatic species conservation of refugia, invasive species management, and subsistence fisheries, and public use. Values for each focus area are categorized as "consumer surplus", "economic contributions" and the "value of substitutes". The assessment concluded that the US Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program and its partners contribute a total economic contribution of $3.6 billion dollars per year, as well as $456 million in consumer surplus for refugia species and $301 million for subsistence activities.