The role of non-natural capital in the co-production of marine ecosystem services

Type Article
Date 2018-01
Language English
Author(s) Outeiro Luis1, 2, Ojea Elena3, 4, Garcia Rodrigues João4, 5, Himes-Cornell Amber6, Belgrano Andrea7, 8, Liu Yajie9, Cabecinha Edna10, Pita Cristina11, Macho Gonzalo4, 12, Villasante Sebastian1, 4, 5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Department of Applied Economics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2 : Department of Fisheries Ecology, Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas (CSIC), Bouzas, Vigo, Spain
3 : Future Oceans Lab, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
4 : Campus Do*Mar – International Campus of Excellence, Vigo, Spain
5 : Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
6 : AMURE/LABEX/IUEM, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France
7 : (SLU) Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Marine Research, Lysekil, Sweden
8 : Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (SIME), Gothenburg, Sweden
9 : Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
10 : Department of Biology and Environment, Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB), University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
11 : Department of Environment and Planning & Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
12 : Departamento de Ecoloxía e Bioloxía Animal and Campus do Mar, Universidade de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Source International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management (2151-3732) (Informa UK Limited), 2018-01 , Vol. 13 , N. 3 , P. 35-50
DOI 10.1080/21513732.2017.1415973
Note Special Issue: Operationalising Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services
Keyword(s) Marine ecosystem services, co-production, small-scale fisheries, shellfisheries, social-ecological systemsnatural capital, nonnatural capital

A growing concern is arising to recognize that ecosystem services (ES) production often requires the integration of non-natural capital with natural capital in a process known as co-production. Several studies explore co-production in different terrestrial ecosystems, such as agriculture or water delivery, but less attention has been paid to marine ecosystems. Coastal activities such as aquaculture, shellfish harvesting, and small-scale fishing deliver important benefits for seafood provision, but are also inextricably linked to cultural and recreational ES. The degree to which co-production can determine the provision of ES in marine systems has yet not been explored. This paper addresses this key topic with an exploratory analysis of case studies where marine ES are co-produced. We look at five small-scale fisheries that range from intensive semi-aquaculture in Galicia (Spain), to wild harvesting in Northern Portugal, and discuss to what extent co-production influences ES delivery. We find that a direct relationship exists between co-production level and ES delivery in the case of provisioning ES (e.g., fish harvest), but not necessarily in the delivery of other ES. We also find that management practices and property regimes may be affecting trade-offs between co-production and ES.

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Outeiro Luis, Ojea Elena, Garcia Rodrigues João, Himes-Cornell Amber, Belgrano Andrea, Liu Yajie, Cabecinha Edna, Pita Cristina, Macho Gonzalo, Villasante Sebastian (2018). The role of non-natural capital in the co-production of marine ecosystem services. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 13(3), 35-50. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :