Abstract Title

Session S-03F: Tools for Assessment and Implementation

Proposed Abstract Title

Ecosystem Services from the Salish Sea

Keywords

Planning Assessment & Communication

Location

Room 6C

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Description

The Salish Sea is home to a diverse assemblage of species and habitats. Thousands of streams and rivers drain approximately 7,500 km of coastline into more than 16,000 km2 of marine waters that support more than 37 mammals species, 172 bird species, 200 fish species and thousands of species of invertebrates. In addition to their intrinsic rights, the abundance, distribution and diversity of these organisms, along with their biotic and abiotic interactions, create conditions and processes that provide many benefits to humans. These include services from clean water and flood protection to seafood production and bird watching. Our study found that the monetary wealth generated from the provisioning of these services to bird watching alone generates over one billion dollars annually. Importantly, ecosystem services can be placed in jeopardy when human populations and industrial activities affect productive and sensitive areas. We examine this component with specific focus on the potential oil spills impacts to areas within the Salish Sea that would have consequences for ecosystem services and the people they benefit.

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Ecosystem Services from the Salish Sea

Room 6C

The Salish Sea is home to a diverse assemblage of species and habitats. Thousands of streams and rivers drain approximately 7,500 km of coastline into more than 16,000 km2 of marine waters that support more than 37 mammals species, 172 bird species, 200 fish species and thousands of species of invertebrates. In addition to their intrinsic rights, the abundance, distribution and diversity of these organisms, along with their biotic and abiotic interactions, create conditions and processes that provide many benefits to humans. These include services from clean water and flood protection to seafood production and bird watching. Our study found that the monetary wealth generated from the provisioning of these services to bird watching alone generates over one billion dollars annually. Importantly, ecosystem services can be placed in jeopardy when human populations and industrial activities affect productive and sensitive areas. We examine this component with specific focus on the potential oil spills impacts to areas within the Salish Sea that would have consequences for ecosystem services and the people they benefit.