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Effects of radiation on marine ecosystems (WAS AE0116 1/4/96 - AE1102

R&D Summary Objectives:- To obtain reliable data on the effects of long term exposure to radiation at dose rates relevant to those existing in the environment on the health of fish and other marine organisms. Key Customer Purpose:- To provide assurances that disposals of radioactive wastes authorised by MAFF do not adversely affect the health of fish and other marine life, thus strengthening its position on marine disposal of radioactive wastes and in defending itself against criticisms.
To develop scientifically-based criteria for the protection of aquatic fauna and flora from radiation or otherwise to recommend methods for protection of aquatic ecosystems. This will be done by obtaining data on the effects of chronic exposure at low dose rates on marine organisms. The effects investigated will be those most likely to perturb the marine ecosystem by causing damage at the population level: disease susceptibility as measured by immune response, reproductive capacity and mutagenesis as measured by chromosome damage.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1998

Cost: £1,226,876
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Water quality monitoring              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine