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Harmful algal blooms: the impacts on cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in a case study setting, Cornwall, UK

Willis, Cheryl; Papathanasopoulou, Eleni; Russel, Duncan; Artioli, Yuri

Authors

Cheryl Willis

Eleni Papathanasopoulou

Duncan Russel

Yuri Artioli



Abstract

© 2018 The Authors Whilst harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a natural phenomenon, the impacts of these events can have devastating impacts on human societies. To date, these have largely been studied with reference to economic and health impacts, which can be significant and have impact at both individual and community levels. This paper builds on previous work and addresses recent calls to more fully understand the nuanced human impacts of HABs. Using a framework of cultural ecosystem services, the paper explores how HABs can impact human well-being through disruptions to therapeutic and inspirational opportunities in the natural environment, opportunities for recreation, aesthetic enjoyment, and losses to traditional ways of life, sense of place and collective identity. A snapshot is gleaned into the lived realities of six local residents of St Austell bay, Cornwall, UK, an area frequently affected by HABs via interviews which illustrate how the impacts of HABs can be felt at a much deeper level than are revealed through economic and health analysis. Whilst it is acknowledged the sample size here is limited, the findings nonetheless point to some of the key impacts of HABs in this specific setting and indicate a need for continued research to incorporate local experiences into decisions about how to respond to environmental shocks and what safeguards could help to buffer against the worst of these. It is argued that locally-directed management policies can be developed at scales more appropriate to coastal communities to better respond to their specific needs when considering HAB impacts.

Citation

Willis, C., Papathanasopoulou, E., Russel, D., & Artioli, Y. (2018). Harmful algal blooms: the impacts on cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in a case study setting, Cornwall, UK. Marine Policy, 97, 232-238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.06.002

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 2, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 15, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 1, 2019
Journal Marine Policy
Print ISSN 0308-597X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 97
Pages 232-238
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.06.002
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/4252690
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Harmful algal blooms: the impacts on cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in a case study setting, Cornwall, UK; Journal Title: Marine Policy; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.06.002; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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