The effects of water quality on freshwater fish populations - final report

Mainstone, C.P. and Gulson, J. (1990) The effects of water quality on freshwater fish populations - final report. Marlow, UK, National Rivers Authority , 178pp. (PRS 2481-M/1).

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There is a need to determine quantitative relationships between fishery status and water quality in order to make informed judgements concerning fishery health and the setting of environmental quality standards for fishery protection. Such relationships would also assist in the formulation of a system for classifying fisheries. A national database of fisheries and water quality has been collated from the archives of pollution control authorities throughout the UK. A number of probable and potential water quality effects on fish populations have been identified from a thorough analysis of the database, notwithstanding large confounding effects such as habitat variation and fish mobility, and the generally sparse nature of water quality information. A number of different approaches to data analysis was utilised, and the value of each has been appraised. Recommendations concerning the integration of water quality assessment approaches have been made and further research on fishery status, and its measurement, in relation to water quality has been suggested.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: The effects of water quality on freshwater fish populations - final report
Personal Creator/Author:
Mainstone, C.P.
Gulson, J.
Number of Pages: 178
Date: 1990
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Place of Publication: Marlow, UK
Funders: Environment Agency Archives North West
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Issuing Agency: Environment Agency, UK (Freshwater Biological Association)
Uncontrolled Keywords: UK; Fish Populations; Rivers; River fisheries; Water quality; Standards; Fishery management; Environment management; Data collections
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 8061
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 12:32
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 12:32
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