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Mangrove-related fish and crab species account for 32% of small-scale fisheries landings in the region; and each hectare of mangrove produces 37,500 USD of fishery goods.
AUTHORS: Aburto-Oropeza, O., Ezcurra, E., Danemann, G., Valdez, V., Murray, J., and Sala, E.
DATE: May 2008
Mangroves are a critical nursery habitat to many economically valuable species, but tourism developments and aquaculture have been recently favored, causing mangrove deforestation to make room for these establishments. While mangroves are disappearing at a rapid rate, this paper determined the economic value of mangroves. Mangrove-related fish and crab species account for 32% of small-scale fisheries landings in the region and each hectare of mangrove produces 37,500 USD of fishery goods. This value, discounted for 10 years, is still over 300 times the official cost set by the Mexican government. Thus, this publication gave a fresh look at the economic loss associated with mangrove destruction. A highly influential paper, it has been cited 240 times and downloaded over 14,000 times. It has ignited reconsiderations for mangrove conservation not just in Mexico, but globally.