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Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
June 2015

Assessing the Economic Contribution of Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services in the Sargasso Sea

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Assessing the Economic Contribution of Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services in the Sargasso Sea
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This report, which was revised April 2015, provides a variety of measures of the Sargasso Sea’s economic value and impact, especially net and gross revenues associated with ecosystem services supported by the sea. It captures just a small portion of these services and does not reflect their complete and total net value. Yet analysis of data on even this small portion suggests that the economic importance of the Sargasso Sea is significant. Economic expenditures and revenues directly or potentially linked to that sea range from tens to hundreds of million dollars a year.