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Benefits transfer and the aquatic environment: An investigation into the context of fish passage improvement
- King, Steve, Fraser, Iain, O'Hanley, Jesse R.
- Journal of environmental management 2016 v.183 pp. 1079-1087
- aquatic environment, fish, issues and policy, willingness to pay
- We present findings from a choice experiment investigating improvements in the aquatic environment from mitigation of barriers to fish passage. Implemented at a local and national level, results reveal positive preferences for increased numbers of fish species as well as fish abundance. In addition, we examine if in this case the willingness to pay estimates are suitable for direct transfer between national and local settings. For both samples, we consider the extent to which stated attribute non-attendance impacts estimates of willingness to pay and the potential ability of researchers to transfer values between contexts. Implications of the use of benefit transfer within this policy context are discussed in light of our findings.