An evaluative tool for rapid assessment of derelict vessel effects on coastal resources
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An evaluative tool for rapid assessment of derelict vessel effects on coastal resources

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  • Journal Title:
    Journal of Environmental Management
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    Derelict vessels impact coastal and estuarine habitats, fisheries resources, are aesthetically unappealing, and may be a hazard to navigation and recreation. The Government Accountability Office estimated in 2013 over 5600 derelict vessels existed throughout the coastal United States. Considering the large number of derelict vessels present in coastal areas, effective tools are needed to assess the environmental damage exerted by derelict vessels and aid in management strategies for their removal. After carefully reviewing regulations, we developed a 100-point scoring rubric (DVET) to evaluate damage by derelict vessels to natural resources with minimal field effort. The DVET's ability to rapidly assess a derelict vessel's impact on surrounding natural resources was confirmed with additional rigorous sampling and suggest environmental enhancement following vessel removal. The DVET shows promise for informing derelict vessel removal strategies, although more work is needed to quantify environmental benefits of derelict vessel removal and establish guidelines for removal prioritization. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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    Journal of Environmental Management, 207, 262-268.
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