OF POLLUTANTS AFFECTING MARINE PARK
Report Prepared by the Centre for Agricultural & Regional Economics Pty Ltd for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
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Pollution originating from diffuse and point sources may impact negatively on marine environments, including marine parks. This can have undesirable economic consequences for use and non‐use values, both within and outside the reserved area. Bioeconomic modelling, where the biophysical and economic components of the marine system are explicitly represented and linked is one method for assessing the ecological and economic outcomes of pollution. Models can be used to determine the magnitude of economic impacts, provide insights into cost‐effective pollution abatement options, help to measure the effectiveness of marine reserves as a buffer against pollution shocks, and examine optimal levels of pollution abatement.
This report provides a literature review of studies that may help inform future bioeconomic modelling of pollution in NSW marine parks. Due to the limited number of Australian studies directly related to this topic (and most of those are focussed on the Great Barrier Reef), a range of other relevant studies are...