Societal values of inland fishes

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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 type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Societal values of inland fishes
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00030-X
Edition 2
Volume 4
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Description 16 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title The Encyclopedia of Inland Waters
First page 475
Last page 490
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