The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) commissioned this report to produce an aggregate Total Economic Value for U.S. coral reefs from the seven U.S. states and territories with coral reefs (American Samoa, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of the North Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The objectives of report were to:
This overview of the value of services provided by US coral reefs shows an emerging picture of the economic welfare derived from these ecosystems. The estimated total economic value of coral reef services for the US as a whole is just over US$ 3.4 billion per year. This value is considered to be a partial estimate due to (1) the limited geographical coverage of some state/territory level TEV estimates, and (2) the limited set of services that are valued for some states and territories.
This literature review and meta-analysis is a companion document to a less technical report entitled "Summary Report: The Economic Value of US Coral Reefs".
Citation: Brander, L. M., Van Beukering, P. (2013). The Total Economic Value of U.S. Coral Reefs: A Review of the Literature. NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, Silver Spring, MD. 32 p.
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