Ocean Pollution provides a unique look at the effects of estuarine and coastal pollution on resource species. One of the primary objectives of the book is to provide an accurate assessment of the state of the inshore marine environment and its inhabitants. Coastal habitat degradation is discussed, and principal findings from modeling and other research efforts are analyzed and evaluated. The research undertaken thus far extends beyond the effects of pollution on resource population size to disease effects in fish and humans, effects on aquaculture, and effects on productive systems of the oceans. These far-reaching consequences - and potential consequences - of ocean pollution are expertly presented, and suggestions for mitigation are made. Realistic scenarios about the future effects of ocean pollution are outlined, providing a powerful tool for researchers and regulators.
"This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the scope of scientific understanding of the effects of contamination from human activities upon living marine resources."
Introduction. Pathways of Pollution Effects: Some Basic Concepts. The Role of Stress in Marine Animals. Adaptation and Survival or Disability and Death in Polluted Habitats. Ocean Pollution and Disease: Ocean Pollution and Fish Diseases. Ocean Pollution and Shellfish Diseases. Ocean Pollution and Human Diseases. Effects of Ocean Pollution on Marine Populations: Mass Mortalities in the Sea: Natural and Pollution-Induced. Effects of Pollution on Fish Abundance. Effects of Pollution on Shellfish Abundance. Effects of Pollution on Aquaculture. Global Changes in the Health and Condition of Marine Populations that May be Associated with Human Activities. The Consequences of Inaction: Some Scenarios for the Future of Resource Populations in Polluted Zones. Proposals for Change: Reducing Contaminant Levels in Estuarine/Coastal Waters. Conclusions. Epilogue. References. Index.