The economic cost and control of marine debris damage in the Asia-Pacific region

McIlgorm, Alistair, Campbell, Harry F. and Rule, Michael J. (2011) The economic cost and control of marine debris damage in the Asia-Pacific region. Ocean and Coastal Management, 54 9: 643-651. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2011.05.007

Author McIlgorm, Alistair
Campbell, Harry F.
Rule, Michael J.
Title The economic cost and control of marine debris damage in the Asia-Pacific region
Journal name Ocean and Coastal Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-5691
Publication date 2011-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2011.05.007
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 54
Issue 9
Start page 643
End page 651
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract Oceans in the Asia-Pacific region are being impacted by increasing levels of marine debris, with many governments unaware of the extent that marine debris damages marine industries, the economy and the marine environment. We examine the economic costs associated with marine debris and present a simple marine debris cycle model to discuss the costs and benefits of prevention, clean-up and the benefits of using biodegradable materials. For the 21 economies of the Asia- Pacific rim we estimate that marine debris-related damage to marine industries costs US$1.26bn per annum in 2008 terms. Marine debris imposes an avoidable cost that can be reduced through policy implementation to economically optimal levels. Options to control debris, using regulations, technical intervention and market based instruments, may have a role. In this pollution policy area, additional economic cost data are required to inform governments on the most economical ways to control levels of marine debris.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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