Best Practices for Collecting Onsite Data to Assess Recreational Use Impacts from an Oil Spill.
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In the aftermath of an oil spill, state and federal natural resource trustees (“Trustees”) often need to assess impacts to recreational use as part of a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). A lost recreational use assessment—one component of a broader “Human Use” assessment that can also include financial, cultural, and subsistence losses—measures losses to the public due to a reduced ability to interact with Trust resources. For spills affecting coastal areas, this often means reduced recreational fishing, boating, beach use, and other activities along the coast (e.g. birdwatching, diving, and hunting). For these assessments, data are needed to estimate changes in the amount of recreation at sites potentially affected by the spill. Actual use levels during the spill and the period of recovery (“spill period use”) are compared to use levels that would have occurred if not for the spill (“baseline use”) to determine the change in use. In some cases, existing data sources alone are.....
PublisherUnited States, National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration
Silver Spring, MD
Series;NrNOAA Technical Memorandum NOS-ORR;54
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
CitationHorsch, Eric, Welsh, Michael and Price, Jason (2017) Best practices for collecting onsite data to assess recreational use impacts from an oil spill. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, 124pp. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORR, 54), DOI: https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-ORR-54
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