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Societal values of inland fishes

May 23, 2022


Aim: To demonstrate the societal values of inland fishes through nine services provided by inland fishes. Each service is defined, key stakeholders identified, and threats enumerated. Diverse case studies (geography, taxonomy, fishery-type) provide examples to highlight the societal values around the world.


Main concepts: Nine societal services of inland fishes – 1. Livelihoods and subsistence income; 2. Commercial income; 3. Food and nutrition; 4. Recreational services; 5. Cultural services; 6. Educational and scientific opportunities within fisheries; 7. Biodiversity and ecosystem function; 8. Regulation and indicator of freshwater quality; and 9. Regulation of freshwater quantity and natural flow regimes.


Conclusion/outlook: Inland fishes have immense social, economic, and ecological importance. Freshwater ecosystems face a diverse array of pressures that threaten the fulfillment of societal services. Addressing key knowledge gaps can assist with sustainable management and conservation of these important resources.

Publication Year 2022
Title Societal values of inland fishes
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00030-X
Authors Abigail Lynch, Robert I. Arthur, Claudio Baigun, Julie E. Claussen, Külli Kangur, Aaron A. Koning, Karen J. Murchie, Bonnie Myers, Gretchen L. Stokes, Ralph William Tingley, So-Jung Youn
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70232088
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Climate Adaptation Science Center