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Video assessment of environmental impacts of salmon farms

Citation

Crawford, C and Mitchell, I and MacLeod, C, Video assessment of environmental impacts of salmon farms, I C E S Journal of Marine Science, 58, (2) pp. 445-452. ISSN 1054-3139 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1006/jmsc.2000.1042

Abstract

Video recordings have become a common method for monitoring the benthic environment around salmon farms, but generally they are only assessed qualitatively. We made a quantitative assessment of video recordings and compared the results with benthic invertebrate faunal data from the same sites. Transects around two Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) farms were videoed, with environmental variables that clearly showed change with levels of organic enrichment ranked according to their degree of occurrence. These variables included Beggiatoa cover, pellets and faeces, sediment colour, and abundance of flora and fauna. Analysis of the data by multivariate statistics indicated that quantitative data from video recordings can clearly detect major organic enrichment, but that they are not as sensitive as benthic infaunal data to lower levels of disturbance. This assessment technique will need to be tailored to different environmental conditions, but shows promise for long-term monitoring programs. © 2001 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Impact Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Author:Crawford, C (Dr Christine Crawford)
Author:Mitchell, I (Ms Iona Mitchell)
Author:MacLeod, C (Associate Professor Catriona MacLeod)
ID Code:23798
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-08
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