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Webinar: The Value Provided to Fisheries by Man-made Aquatic Structures

05 January 2021

In 2019 the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation funded research which aimed to increase the understanding of the social and economic values of man-made marine structures. In Western Australia we conservatively estimate that there are at least 6000 man-made structures in the marine environment. These include shipwrecks, jetties, marinas, harbours, seawalls, boat ramps, navigation aids and markers, tide stations, artificial reefs, oil and gas platforms, wellheads and oil and gas pipelines.

Man-made marine structures are inhabited by a diverse array of marine life, and are used by recreational and commercial fishers, scuba divers, snorkelers and tourists. As a consequence, these structures have a range of economic and social values reflecting the different user groups. 

This webinar provides an overview of identified economic and social values associated with different types of structures and discusses the issues and opportunities associated with people’s values and perceptions. This information will be of use to regulators, proponents and other stakeholders who have an interest in the social and economic values of existing and potential man-made marine structures.

Order of Speakers

Dr. Luke Twomey                       Welcome

Prof. Euan Harvey                         Project overview and introduction

Dr. Johanna Zimmerhackel               Economic value

Dr. Julian Clifton                             Social values of individuals

Prof. Fran Ackermann                    Group social values 

Prof. Euan Harvey                         Discussion and implications


Above: The FRDC Man-made Structures research team


More information on the project can be found at:

Attached files: 
PDF icon Enhancing the Understanding of the Value Provided to Man-made structures_ WAMSI_FRDC Slides.pdf