The potential impact of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) on fisheries

Myers, Edward P. and Hoss, Donald E. and Matsumoto, Walter M. and Peters, David S. and Seki, Michael P. and Uchida, Richard N. and Ditmars, John D. and Paddock, Robert A. (1986) The potential impact of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) on fisheries. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 40)

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The commercial development of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) operations will involve some environmental perturbations for which there is no precedent experience. The pumping of very large volumes of warm surface water and cold deep water and its subsequent discharge will result in the impingement, entrainment, and redistribution of biota. Additional stresses to biota will be caused by biocide usage and temperature depressions. However, the artificial upwelling of nutrients associated with the pumping of cold deep water, and the artificial reef created by an OTEC plant may have positive effects on the local environment. Although more detailed information is needed to assess the net effect of an OTEC operation on fisheries, certain assumptions and calculations are made supporting the conclusion that the potential risk to fisheries is not significant enough to deter the early development of IDEe. It will be necessary to monitor a commercial-scale plant in order to remove many of the remaining uncertainties. (PDF file contains 39 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: The potential impact of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) on fisheries
Personal Creator/Author:
Myers, Edward P.
Hoss, Donald E.
Matsumoto, Walter M.
Peters, David S.
Seki, Michael P.
Uchida, Richard N.
Ditmars, John D.
Paddock, Robert A.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 40
Date: 1986
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 2782
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2009 12:29
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:28

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