Why care about aquatic insects: Uses, benefits, and services

  • Suter G
  • Cormier S
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Abstract

Aquatic insects are common subjects of ecological research, and environmental monitoring and assessment. However, their important role in protecting and restoring aquatic ecosystems is often challenged, because their benefits and services to humans are not obvious to decision makers or the public. Insects are food for fish, amphibians and wildlife. They are important contributors to energy and nutrient processing, including capturing nutrients and returning them to terrestrial ecosystems and purifying water. They provide recreation to fishermen and nature lovers and provide cultural symbols. Monetary benefits to fishermen can be quantified, but most other benefits have been described qualitatively. Integr Environ Assess Manag © 2014 SETAC.

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  • Cost-benefit
  • Ecological economics
  • Ecosystem services
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Mayfly

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