Economic Value of Coastal Ecosystems in California

CSE’s Nejem Raheem and John Talberth led a study prepared for California’s Ocean Protection Council (OPC) describing the range of ecosystem service values important for sound decision making in the coastal zone. OPC is investigating ways to incorporate non-market values into legislative proposals, budget change proposals, and regulatory and permitting processes. Specific policy settings ripe for consideration of ecosystem services and other non-market values include decisions about establishment of marine protected areas, offshore aquaculture, coastal zone management, wetlands, fishing techniques, eradication of invasive species, and restoration of wild salmon populations.