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Atlantic salmon in regulated rivers: Understanding river management through the ecosystem services lens

Watz, Johan and Aldven, David and Andreasson, Patrik and Aziz, Khadija and Blixt, Marco and Calles, Olle and Bjornas, Kristine Lund and Olsson, Ivan and Osterling, Martin and Stålhammar, Sanna and Tielman, Johan and Piccolo, John J. (2022). Atlantic salmon in regulated rivers: Understanding river management through the ecosystem services lens. Fish and Fisheries. 23 :2 , 478-491
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Abstract

Known as the "king of fishes," the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar, Salmonidae) is an iconic freshwater species whose contribution to human well-being has long been recognized, as have widespread declines in its abundance, partly due to river regulation. To understand how salmon conservation has been addressed within the ecosystem services (ES) framework, we synthesized the peer-reviewed literature on ES provided by salmon in regulated rivers. We developed a search string to capture allusions to provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural ES and assessed the results to identify knowledge gaps. The effects of hydropower on fisheries catches and on modelled populations were shown in several publications. Overall, few studies focused explicitly on ES from salmon and hydropower; this is surprising given the considerable body of literature on salmon in regulated rivers. Wild salmon as a food source and other provisioning services are less important today than historically. Because predators such as salmon are important for facilitating biodiversity by cycling nutrients and controlling food webs, there is a scope of work for future assessments of these regulating and supporting services. Few papers explicitly addressed cultural ES, despite the salmon's longstanding iconic status; this is a knowledge gap for future ES assessments in relation to hydropower. The influence of ES assessments for policy makers is growing through the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the post-2020 biodiversity strategy. Explicitly addressing ES poses an opportunity for river managers to raise awareness of aquatic conservation efforts and well-informed decision-making for sustaining ES.

Authors/Creators:Watz, Johan and Aldven, David and Andreasson, Patrik and Aziz, Khadija and Blixt, Marco and Calles, Olle and Bjornas, Kristine Lund and Olsson, Ivan and Osterling, Martin and Stålhammar, Sanna and Tielman, Johan and Piccolo, John J.
Title:Atlantic salmon in regulated rivers: Understanding river management through the ecosystem services lens
Series Name/Journal:Fish and Fisheries
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:23
Number:2
Page range:478-491
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:1467-2960
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Fish and Wildlife Management
Keywords:cultural, hydropower, provisioning, regulating, Salmo salar, supporting
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114357
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114357
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1111/faf.12628
Web of Science (WoS)000716334500001
ID Code:27156
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:21 Feb 2022 11:25
Metadata Last Modified:21 Feb 2022 11:31

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