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The impact of seaweed cultivation on ecosystem services - a case study from the west coast of Sweden


Hasselstrom, L and Visch, W and Grondahl, F and Nylund, GM and Pavia, H, The impact of seaweed cultivation on ecosystem services - a case study from the west coast of Sweden, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133 pp. 53-64. ISSN 0025-326X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.05.005


Seaweed cultivation attracts growing interest and sustainability assessments from various perspectives are needed. The paper presents a holistic qualitative assessment of ecosystem services affected by seaweed cultivation on the Swedish west coast. Results suggest that supporting, regulating and provisioning services are mainly positively or non-affected while some of the cultural services are likely negatively affected. The analysis opens for a discussion on the framing of seaweed cultivation is it a way of supplying ecosystem services and/or a way of generating valuable biomass? Exploring these framings further in local contexts may be valuable for identifying trade-offs and designing appropriate policies and development strategies. Many of the found impacts are likely generalizable in their character across sites and scales of cultivation, but for some services, including most of the supporting services, the character of impacts is likely to be site-specific and not generalizable.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aquaculture, seaweeds, kelp, Saccharina latissima, environmental impact, ecosystem services
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Visch, W (Dr Wouter Visch)
ID Code:151869
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-08-05
Last Modified:2022-09-28
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