Contents


What Are Ecosystem Services?

Which Habitats Are Key Fish Nursery Areas?

  • Estuaries
  • Mangroves
  • Seagrass beds
  • Coral reefs
  • Others: rock reefs; sea mounts; banks

Why Makes Certain Areas Important as Nurseries?

  • Dispersal
  • Food
  • Refuge from predators
  • Space

Linkages to Other Coastal and Marine Environments and Processes

Valuation of Nursery Areas

  • Fisheries
  • Recreational fishing
  • Tourism
  • Amenity values

Threats to Nursery Areas

  • Habitat conversion and loss
  • Resource extraction
  • Habitat alteration

What Can We Do?

  • Integrate land use management
  • Create marine protected areas
  • Manage fisheries on an ecosystem-based basis
  • Use areas sustainably
  • Control pollution
  • Maintain connections
  • Restore key areas
  • Promote applied research

Conclusions

Glossary of Terms

Sources