Table 3. Policy issues addressed by the 18 study sites (cf. Fig. 1), listed in the vertical panels according to the areas of human influence: wasting, harvesting, modifying, and conservation (see text). Each study site had at least three issues pertaining to the ecological component and two issues pertaining to each of the economic and social components (from Hopkins and Bailly 2012). None of the SSAs chose a primary policy issue related to conservation, although some had it as a secondary issue. WWT = Waste-Water Treatment, N = nitrogen

Distribution of policy issues for each area of human influence and for each ecological, social and economic dimension
WASTING
ECOLOGICAL 24 ECONOMIC 16 SOCIAL 16
Pollution 6 Public Costs of WWT 6 Trans-Boundary Conflicts 3
Nitrogen Loading 5 Tourist Income 4 Ecosystem Health 2
Aquaculture 3 Costs of N-loading 2 Public Costs of WWT 2
Eutrophication 3 Employment Potential 2 Recreational Benefits 2
Transparency 3 Fishery Income 1 Seafood Contamination 2
Urban/Storm Runoff 3 Habitat Conservation 1 Tourist Employment 2
Harmful Algae 1 Directives 1
Public Costs of N-loading 1
User Conflicts 1
HARVESTING
ECOLOGICAL 18 ECONOMIC 12 SOCIAL 12
Fish Population 4 Fishery Income 5 Ecosystem Health 3
Aquaculture Shellfish 3 Habitat Conservation 2 Habitat Conservation 2
Fishing Practices 3 Public Costs of WWT 2 Public Costs of N-loading 2
Benthic Habitat 2 Costs of N-loading 1 Public Costs of WWT 2
Nutrient Loading 2 Public Costs of WWT 1 Shore Property Values 1
Harmful Algae 1 Tourist Income 1 User Conflicts 1
Pollution 1 Seafood Contamination 1
Transparency 1
Storm Runoff 1
MODIFYING
ECOLOGICAL 12 ECONOMIC 8 SOCIAL 8
Ecosystem Health 3 Agricultural Income 2 Recreational Benefits 3
Employment 2 Costs of N-loading 2 User Conflicts 3
User Conflicts 1 Employment Potential 2 Directives 1
Habitat Conservation 1 Freshwater Scarcity 1 Trans-boundary Conflicts 1
Seafood Contamination 1 Costs of WWT 1
Cultural Values 1
Property Values 1
Recreation Potential 1