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AEI 13:477-488 (2021)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/aei00422

Developing payment for ecosystem service schemes for coastal aquaculture in southwestern Taiwan

Jyun-Long Chen1, Yao-Jen Hsiao2,*, Ching-Ta Chuang3

1Marine Fisheries Division, Fisheries Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Keelung City 202008, Taiwan
2Institute of Applied Economics, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung City 202301, Taiwan
3Institute of Marine Affairs and Resources Management, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung City 202301, Taiwan
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ABSTRACT: Taiwan’s aquaculture farms are mostly established along intertidal zones and coastal land areas, and their presence may affect coastal ecosystems and their ecosystem services (ESs). Payments for ecosystem services (PES) represent a potential method of enhancing the provision of ESs for coastal aquaculture; thus, their feasibility should be discussed. In this study, we conducted focus group interviews to identify issues and collect information about coastal aquaculture in southwestern Taiwan, and we developed a PES framework for coastal aquaculture based on our findings. The identification of ESs and the inclusion of a market design (e.g. pricing, incentive, and conditionality) in a PES scheme might be key factors for successfully transforming aquaculture into an ES provider. PES schemes could be applied to coastal oyster farming in Taiwan, and coastal oyster farmers who adopt eco-friendly aquaculture should receive subsidies to secure revenues. The findings presented here will provide important reference information for policy makers and managers to design a feasible PES scheme for coastal resource management.


KEY WORDS: Payment for ecosystem service · PES · Aquaculture · Coastal resource management · Economic incentive · Oyster farming


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Cite this article as: Chen JL, Hsiao YJ, Chuang CT (2021) Developing payment for ecosystem service schemes for coastal aquaculture in southwestern Taiwan. Aquacult Environ Interact 13:477-488. https://doi.org/10.3354/aei00422

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