The primary goals of the Habitat Economics Program are to:

  • Assess the benefits and costs of habitat recovery and restoration programs
  • Quantify the cumulative effects (measured in dollars) of habitat degradation and habitat loss
  • Develop inventories of the values associated with a particular types of habitat, including the scope and scale of the ecosystems services provided by a habitat
This information enables the Agency to evaluate the costs and benefits as well as the cost effectiveness of future management options that may be considered for the purposes of protecting or restoring essential fish habitat.