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Economic Impacts

Provides national and international resources for the economic impacts of invasive aquatic species. See Economic Impacts - National and Economic Impacts - International for general resources and other species.

Aquatic Species

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Aquatic Nuisance Species Impacts
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


Annual Losses to Great Lakes Region by Ship-borne Invasive Species at least $200 Million (Jul 2008; PDF | 154 KB)
A U.S. study conducted by the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame and University of Wyoming suggests invasive species brought in by ocean-going ships may be costing the Great Lakes region more than $200 million a year in losses to commercial fishing, sport fishing, and the area's water supply.

The Ecological and Socio-economic Impact of Invasive Alien Species on Inland Water Ecosystems (PDF | 252 KB)
Convention on Biological Diversity.

Federal Government

Economic Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop
EPA. Office of Water.
Jul 20-21, 2005
Washington, D.C.
Co-hosted by EPA Office of Water and the Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation

The Economic Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species: A Review of the Literature (Jan 2005)
Environmental Protection Agency.
Sabrina J. Lovell and Susan F. Stone, National Center for Environmental Economics


Invasive Species in Aquatic Ecosystems: Economics and Matrix Population Models (Jan 2005)
University of New England (Australia).
Agricultural and Resource Economics Working Papers Series.

Research Show Invasive Species Cost the Great Lakes Millions: New Paper Assigns Dollar Figure to Effects of Shipborne Invaders (Mar 29, 2012)
University of Notre Dame.
Researchers assigns a dollar figure on the cost to the Great Lakes from invasive species that originate in the ballast water of ocean-going vessels. For the U.S. waters, median damages aggregated across multiple ecosystem services were $138 million per year, and there is a 5% chance that for sportfishing alone losses exceeded $800 million annually. For information, see the journal article "Ship-borne Nonindigenous Species Diminish Great Lakes Ecosystem Services."

Aquatic Invaders of the Delaware Estuary Symposium Proceedings - Economic and Ecological Costs Associated with Aquatic Invasive Species (PDF | 9.2 MB)
National Sea Grant Library.
D. Pimentel, Proceedings of the Aquatic Invaders of the Delaware Estuary Symposium, May 20, 2003. See also: Pennsylvania Sea Grant Invasive Species Publications for more resources

Economic Impact of Ballast-Mediated Invasive Species in the Great Lakes (2008; PDF | 121 KB)
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species Research Projects for more resources


The Costs of Aquatic Invasive Species to Great Lakes States (Sep 2016; PDF | 1.20 MB)
Anderson Economic Group.

Biological Invasions in Aquatic Systems: The Economic Problem (PDF | 251 KB)
Bulletin of Marine Science.

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Summary of a Survey of the Literature on the Economic Impact of Aquatic Weeds (Aug 2003; PDF | 80 KB)
Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation.
H. William Rockwell, Jr., Ph. D, for the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation. See also: Publications - Economic Impact for more resources

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