Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Sound Choices

Ecological indicators can facilitate Ecosystem-based Management, but only if targets for indicators exist. Because targets are an expression of the desired state of the ecosystem, establishing targets must include ecological understanding and societal values. This project developed a unique approach for identifying scientifically rigorous ecosystem targets that explicitly considers social perspectives.

Focusing on the Puget Sound Partnership species and food web goals, we:

Through our partnership with the Seattle Aquarium, we developed an exhibit called "Sound Choices" to help the public explore how our choices, both as individuals and as a society, shape the future of Puget Sound. How much restoration is enough? What are the economic costs of protecting biodiversity? These and other questions are the basis of the exhibit designed to illustrate how our values about clean water, transportation, and land use result in tradeoffs that affect the ecology of Puget Sound. Sound Choices is based on our ongoing research on the science behind ecosystem-based management is helping us identify what makes a healthy ecosystem, understand the risks and benefits of management decisions, and plan for future pressures on our region, such as from climate change and population growth.

Publications

Safford, T.G., Cutler, M., Henly, M., Norman, K., and P. Levin. 2012. Beliefs about development versus environmental tradeoffs in the Puget Sound region. The Carsey Institute at the Scholars' Repository. Paper 183. http://scholars.unh.edu/carsey/183

Safford, T.G., Cutler, M., Henly, M., Norman, K., and P. Levin. 2012. Public perceptions of environmental management in the Puget Sound region. The Carsey Institute at the Scholars' Repository. Paper 184. http://scholars.unh.edu/carsey/184

Safford, T.G., Cutler, M., Henly, M., Norman, K., and P. Levin. 2012. Urban-rural differences in concern about the environment and jobs in the Puget Sound region. The Carsey Institute at the Scholars' Repository. Paper 185. http://scholars.unh.edu/carsey/185

Multimedia

  • Eelgrass
    Puget Sound images
  • Ecosystem Science and Scientists
  • Understanding Ecosystem Human Health
  • Integrated Ecosystem Assessments
  • Ecosystem Science: Facing Trade-offs in Ocean Management

Education

  • What do we as individuals and as a society want for the future of Puget Sound? How much restoration is enough? Explore the new exhibit, "Sound Choices", developed by NOAA Fisheries and the Seattle Aquarium. The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site Go to Seattle Aquarium web site.