Reaping the reef: Provisioning services from coral reefs in Solomon Islands

Albert, Joelle A., Olds, Andrew D., Albert, Simon, Cruz-Trinidad, Annabelle and Schwarz, Anne-Maree (2015) Reaping the reef: Provisioning services from coral reefs in Solomon Islands. Marine Policy, 62 244-251. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.09.023

Author Albert, Joelle A.
Olds, Andrew D.
Albert, Simon
Cruz-Trinidad, Annabelle
Schwarz, Anne-Maree
Title Reaping the reef: Provisioning services from coral reefs in Solomon Islands
Journal name Marine Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-597X
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.09.023
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 62
Start page 244
End page 251
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press [Elsevier]
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle sustains the livelihoods of roughly 100 million coastal people, yet this region is under threat from numerous local and global stressors. Regional actions underway to address coastal and marine degradation and an improve understanding of the social-ecological links between people and their environment. Economic assessments of coral reef provisioning services afforded to rural communities in Solomon Islands identified a diverse range of fisheries-based (fish, seaweed, clam, trochus, crayfish and shells) and coral-based (sand, rubble, stone, and corals for lime, aquarium and curio trades) products. Fisheries products (in particular reef fish) were important for both village subsistence and cash economies, providing the equivalent of US $5173 (±515) annually per respondent. In contrast, coral products contributed the equivalent of US $2213 (±396) annually per respondent, primarily to cash economies, particularly in study villages located in close proximity to national markets. Extractive coral activities have the potential to reduce reef resilience, diminish the viability of fisheries and so compromise the livelihoods of dependent communities. Improved management, legislative review and livelihood diversification strategies are likely to be required to manage coral reefs and the ecosystem services they provide across the Coral Triangle region.
Keyword Solomon Islands
Coral triangle
Economic value
Ecosystem services
Coral trade
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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