Monster Seminar JAM - If Ecosystem Services Are So Valuable, Why Can't I Buy More of Them in the Grocery Store?
Dr. Mark Plummer, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Marine ecosystems are the source of a wide variety of valuable goods and services. Some are as obvious as salmon fillets and clam chowder. Others are less obvious but still valuable, such as shoreline stabilization and carbon sequestration. The concept of ecosystem services captures the full extent of this natural bounty. In principle, ecosystem services can be incorporated into an ecosystem approach to managing natural systems such as Puget Sound, but making the transition from theory to practice is challenging. Simply knowing that such services and values exist might inspire decision makers to strive for more conservation, but that knowledge alone provides no guidance on where and how much conservation should take place. Making ecosystem services a useful concept to Puget Sound ecosystem management entails basic research on how they vary across the region and how they might be affected by alternative sets of policies. In this talk, I present some early results from research on Puget Sound ecosystem service values, focusing on services associated with nearshore habitats.
Date and Time:
October 23, 2008,
11:00 am - 12:00 pm