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Cost-benefit analysis of implementing alternative techniques for rehabilitating reefs severely depleted by Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis epidemic

Prince, J. and Peeters, H. (2010) Cost-benefit analysis of implementing alternative techniques for rehabilitating reefs severely depleted by Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis epidemic. Biospherics P/L, Western Abalone Divers Association

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Abstract

Following the epidemic in 2006 and 2007 caused by Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) through the Victorian western zone, the Western Abalone Divers Association (WADA) began discussing the relative merits of alternative methods for rehabilitating the most heavily impacted reefs. A workshop of experts convened by WADA in December 2007 recommended that prior to initiating costly field programs quantitatively rigorous analyses should be conducted comparing likely costs and benefits of pursuing alternative strategies involving reseeding, translocation or natural recovery processes. Subsequently the National Abalone Health Workplan Priority Setting Workshop held in June 2008 also gave high priority to conducting an economic cost benefit analysis of rebuilding intervention. This Tactical Research project was initiated by WADA in response to these recommendations and priorities with the aim of inform WADA members of the expected relative merits of the different means of rehabilitating abalone reefs.

Publication Type: Report
Series Name: FRDC Project 2008/076
Publisher: Biospherics P/L, Western Abalone Divers Association
Notes: May 2010
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24817
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