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Whales vs. gulls: Assessing trade-offs in wildlife and waste management in Patagonia, Argentina

dc.contributor.author Stefanski, SF
dc.contributor.author Villasante, S
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-12T23:37:58Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12-01
dc.identifier.issn 2212-0416
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/9481
dc.description.abstract © 2015 Elsevier B.V.In Península Valdés, (Patagonia) Argentina, the consequences of poor waste management and an overpopulation of kelp gulls has led to gulls feeding on living southern right whales, potentially causing losses to the tourism industry through loss in coastal quality and suboptimal right whale viewing experiences. Despite local progress in closing waste disposal sites and culling gulls, both waste and pest problems persist. While this problem could impact the long-term viability of the site as a whale watching destination and present conservation concerns, little research has been done concerning the socio-economic aspects of the problem. The present study interviewed 650 tourists about their willingness to pay to manage the gulls versus the waste in order to reduce the gull population and remove the risk to the whales. This research finds that tourists favor addressing the human-driven component of the problem, the waste, over culling the natural component of the problem, the kelp gulls. These findings present a remarkable insight to assessing trade-offs between two management strategies to a local problem associated with coastal development and tourism. The results could further be broadened to other destinations facing waste and pest management challenges in the face of growing tourism and urbanization.
dc.publisher Elsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartof Ecosystem Services
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.11.012
dc.title Whales vs. gulls: Assessing trade-offs in wildlife and waste management in Patagonia, Argentina
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Stefanski, SF|0587851
pubs.begin-page 294
pubs.end-page 305
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Student
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 16


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