Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


Economic aspects of marine debris

Principal Investigator: 

Kenneth E. McConnell

Start/End Year: 

1990 to 1994


University of Maryland, College Park

Co-Principal investigator: 

John Sutinen, University of Rhode Island; James Kirkley, Virginia Institute of Marine Science



The general objective of the proposed research is to apply economic analysis to the problem of changing people's behavior concerning the* disposal of marine debris. There are three specific objectives: 1)to prepare a comprehensive state~nt of the economic dimensions of the marine debris policy problem; 2)to review and evaluate the available theory and evidence on the effectiveness of policies used in other related pollution contml programs; and 3)to conduct an empirical study of the marine debris problem in the commercial fishing and recreational boating sectors.-