Characterization of Community-Specific Spatial and Socio-Economic Linkages to Massachusetts Waters

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This item is included as part of the SeaPlan Archives.
SeaPlan Archive Category: Massachusetts Ocean Plan Support
SeaPlan Archive Project: Characterization of Community‐Specific Spatial and Socio‐Economic Linkages to Massachusetts Waters
Type: Report
Year of publication: 2009
Date published: 07/2009
Authoring organizations: Industrial Economics, Incorporated, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Ocean Partnership
Publishing institution: Massachusetts Ocean Partnership

This report examines the extent to which available information supports characterization of community‐ specific ecosystem service values for Massachusetts’ ocean waters, and suggests ways to address key data gaps. The report focuses on three activities of particular interest to the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership and the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA): commercial fishing; vessel navigation; and recreational activities. For each of these activities, the report presents the data available to characterize potential linkages between communities and the location of activity in Massachusetts’ state waters. When practicable, we provide maps and tables to demonstrate these linkages. For commercial fishing and recreational activity, we present and discuss the available data on associated economic values. We also offer recommendations to improve the state’s understanding of important ecosystem services, particularly with respect to recreational activities. 

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