Non-Market Values in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Environmental Defense Center
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, California, USA
The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS or Sanctuary) provides environmental, economic, and social value to a variety of users. Management within the sanctuary, therefore, affects a diverse stakeholder group. A lack of analysis on non-consumptive activities limits the ability of managers to integrate the comprehensive socioeconomic value of the CINMS into policy. To address this problem, this project analyzes existing baseline data collected on private recreational boaters (PRBs) utilization of the CINMS. This data will translate PRBs’ choices into economic value. They developed an empirically-driven model to analyze the choices of PRBs regarding visitation, activity, and site choice. The model determines which characteristics, including bio-geographical, static, and terrestrial variables, are statistically linked with user site choice to evaluate the magnitude of preference for these attributes. Our results will advance the understanding of how an important stakeholder group values the Sanctuary and will provide a baseline model that can be manipulated to inform future management decisions. This model will be especially useful as the monitoring of marine protected areas (MPAs), established over a decade ago, continues and the biological characteristics of the Sanctuary change.
This Group Project team consisted of 2013 Bren alumni and current PhD student Daniel Viana (LAFF fellow), Kiya Gornik, Ching-Cheng (Timothy) Lin, Gavin McDonald, Nathaniel Ng, and Christine Quigley. Matthew Potoski was the team’s Faculty Advisor.