Communicating the value of marine conservation

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For the week of 31 December 2018

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Ecosystem Services has published Communicating the value of marine conservation using an ecosystem service matrix approach, "Matrix approaches are useful for linking ecosystem services to habitats that underpin their delivery. Matrix applications in marine ecosystem services research have been primarily qualitative, focusing on 'habitat presence' without including other attributes that effect service potential. We developed an evidence-based matrix approach of Ecosystem Service Potential (ESP) for New Zealand benthic marine habitats, and used two marine reserves to demonstrate that integrating information on the spatial extent and quality of habitats improved ESP evaluation. The two case studies identified substantial spatio-temporal variability in ESP: within one reserve, specific ESP showed an approximately 1.5-fold increase in the 29 years following protection. A comparison of two reserves found that the spatial extent of habitats contributing to the medicinal resources and waste-water treatment were 5 and 53 times greater respectively in one relative to the other. Integrating habitat area and quality with the ESP matrix improves on previous marine matrix-based approaches, providing a better indication of service potential. The matrix approach helps to communicate the non-market value of supporting and regulating services and can be used by resource managers to identify and track the potential for benefits derived from benthic marine habitats within existing, or new, marine protected areas."

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OA: Thomson, P. G., Fowler, A. M., Davis, A. R., Pattiaratchi, C. B. & Booth, D. J. Some Old Movies Become Classics – A Case Study Determining the Scientific Value of ROV Inspection Footage on a Platform on Australia’s North West Shelf. Frontiers in Marine Science 5 (2018).

Preprint: Magris, R. A., Marta-Almeida, M., Monteiro, J. A. F. & Ban, N. C. A modelling approach to assess the impact of land mining on marine biodiversity: Assessment in coastal catchments experiencing catastrophic events (SW Brazil). Science of The Total Environment (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.238


OA: Chase, T. J., Pratchett, M. S., Frank, G. E. & Hoogenboom, M. O. Coral-dwelling fish moderate bleaching susceptibility of coral hosts. PLOS ONE 13, (2018).

Ecosystem Services and Uses

OA: Geange, S., Townsend, M., Clark, D., Ellis, J. I. & Lohrer, A. M. Communicating the value of marine conservation using an ecosystem service matrix approach. Ecosystem Services 35,150 - 163 (2019).

OA: Washburn, T. W., Yoskowitz, D. W. & Montagna, P. A. Valuing Nature Waste Removal in the Offshore Environment Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

Ecosystem-based Management (EBM)

OA: Duarte, C. M. & Krause-Jensen, D. Intervention Options to Accelerate Ecosystem Recovery From Coastal Eutrophication. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

OA: Francis, T. B. et al. Linking knowledge to action in ocean ecosystem management: The Ocean Modeling Forum. Elem Sci Anth 6, 83 (2018).

Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

Preprint: Dias, M. P. et al. Using globally threatened pelagic birds to identify priority sites for marine conservation in the South Atlantic Ocean. Biological Conservation 211, 76 - 84 (2017).


OA: Windle, A. E., D. Hooley, S. & Johnston, D. W. Robotic Vehicles Enable High-Resolution Light Pollution Sampling of Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

Natural Sciences

OA: Samarra, F. I. P. et al. Prey of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in Iceland. PLOS ONE 13, (2018).

OA: Roncon, G., Bestley, S., McMahon, C. R., Wienecke, B. & Hindell, M. A. View From Below: Inferring Behavior and Physiology of Southern Ocean Marine Predators From Dive Telemetry. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).


OA: Mcleod, E. et al. The future of resilience-based management in coral reef ecosystems. Journal of Environmental Management 233, 291 - 301 (2019).


OA: Cuvelier, D. et al. Potential Mitigation and Restoration Actions in Ecosystems Impacted by Seabed Mining. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

Seafloor Mining

OA: Thompson, K. F., Miller, K. A., Currie, D., Johnston, P. & Santillo, D. Seabed Mining and Approaches to Governance of the Deep Seabed. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).