This 468-page book, entitled 'Environmental Effects of Marine Finfish Aquaculture', is volume 5, part M of The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry series, and focuses on methods and models currently used to measure near and far-field environmental effects of finfish aquaculture. The subject matter is presented in 20 individually authored and referenced chapters, arranged in four sections. Each chapter is split into more specific subdivisions and is written in English. Lists of contributors and members of the editorial advisory board precede the first chapter. The first section on eutrophication discusses the evaluation of water quality in salmon aquaculture through measuring dissolved oxygen, plankton biomass, and nutrient and oxygen demand, with particular reference to case studies in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The second section contains 7 chapters focusing on sedimentation and benthic impacts of finfish aquaculture, including: aquacultures influence on water column and benthos of an estuarine fjord in Bay d'Espoir; modelling ecological effects of salmon aquaculture; biogeochemical sediment analysis; sediment geochronology for fish farm contaminants in Lime Kiln Bay, Bay of Fundy; and sediment dynamics. Section 3 deals with changes in trophic structure and function, including: impact of eutrophication on the intertidal zone in the Bay of Fundy with emphasis on Mya arenaria, the soft-shell clam; benthic macrofaunal changes resulting from finfish mariculture; environmental risk assessment of anti-lice chemicals and antibiotics used in finfish culture; and assessing the nitrogen carrying capacity for Blue Hill Bay in Maine. The final section contains 3 chapters focusing on environmental risk management associated with marine finfish aquaculture. The main topics covered include the use of electrodes and sentinel species for the evaluation of pollution. This volume contains 130 illustrations and a subject index follows the final chapter. This volume will be of interest to those working towards sustainable development of mariculature, including graduate students, research scientists, environmental managers and decision-makers with regulatory responsibilities.
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