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Updating the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan: Estimating the Impact to Commercial Fishing in Monroe County, Florida

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NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 1305 East West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
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NOAA’s National Center for Coastal and Ocean Science, 1305 East West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
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CSS Inc., 2750 Prosperity Ave Suite 220, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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Academic Editor: José Luis Sánchez-Lizaso
Water 2022, 14(3), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14030290
Received: 9 November 2021 / Revised: 29 December 2021 / Accepted: 5 January 2022 / Published: 19 January 2022
This article is designed to provide the methodologies used to estimate the impact to the commercial fishing industry as a result of spatial zone management changes within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and its study area, Monroe County, FL. The analysis provided here provides a template for how to estimate economic impacts when refined human use spatial data are not available. Utilizing existing habitat maps and economic data, this method downscales traditional economic methods using a spatial approach to match the fine-scale management approach utilized by the National Marine Sanctuary System. This approach allows the authors to estimate the economic impacts to the commercial fishing sector. The authors find that the proposed spatial zone changes may result in an estimated loss of 42 jobs, with 28 being harvester jobs, to the state of Florida. Additionally, $4.1 million in output and approximately $1.1 million in income may be lost. These estimates do not take into account the likelihood of substitution to alternative fishing grounds or adjusting the target species. View Full-Text
Keywords: commercial fishing; Florida; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; economic impacts commercial fishing; Florida; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; economic impacts
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Schwarzmann, D.; Freitag, A.; Dorfman, D.; Records, D.; Walz, M. Updating the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan: Estimating the Impact to Commercial Fishing in Monroe County, Florida. Water 2022, 14, 290. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14030290

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Schwarzmann D, Freitag A, Dorfman D, Records D, Walz M. Updating the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan: Estimating the Impact to Commercial Fishing in Monroe County, Florida. Water. 2022; 14(3):290. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14030290

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Schwarzmann, Danielle, Amy Freitag, Dan Dorfman, David Records, and Meredith Walz. 2022. "Updating the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan: Estimating the Impact to Commercial Fishing in Monroe County, Florida" Water 14, no. 3: 290. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14030290

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