, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 106–107 | Cite as

Response to “Whales Might Also Be an Important Component in Patagonian Fjord Ecosystems”

  • Jose Luis IriarteEmail author
  • Humberto E. González
  • Laura Nahuelhual

Comment to: Hucke-Gaete, R. 2011. Whales might also be an important component in Patagonian fjord ecosystems: Comment to Iriarte et al. AMBIO 40(1). (This issue).

Our contribution (Iriarte et al. 2010) focused on a more general vision, engulfing almost all Patagonian fjord and channel systems under the umbrella of “ecosystem services” (ES). Ecosystem services offer a promising means for aligning conservation, production and socio-economic goals, while simultaneously increasing human welfare and protecting biodiversity, engaging a wider range of places, people, policies, and financing resources. This approach allowed us to integrate organisms of all size spectra (from bacteria to whales) and all types of systems (from the headwaters of the forested watersheds downstream to the related pelagic and benthic coastal marine ecosystems). Furthermore, we gave particular emphasis in the assessment of selected ES, including water quality, carbon sinking and sequestration, the production of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Luis Iriarte
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Humberto E. González
    • 4
    • 5
  • Laura Nahuelhual
    • 6
  1. 1.Center for Oceanographic Research, East South Pacific-COPAS-Sur AustralConcepcionChile
  2. 2.Patagonia Ecosystems Research Center-CIEP, Research Center for Nutrition in Aquaculture-CIENPuerto MonttChile
  3. 3.Institute of Aquaculture, Universidad Austral de ChilePuerto MonttChile
  4. 4.Patagonia Ecosystems Research Center-CIEP, Center for Oceanographic Research, East South Pacific-COPAS-Sur AustralConcepcionChile
  5. 5.Institute of Marine Biology, Universidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  6. 6.Institute of Economic Agriculture, Universidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile

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