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Marine fish disease surveys - AE0601

Description
Non R&D Summary Objectives:- Monitor quantitavely the prevalence of diseased, parasitised and deformed fish in the North Sea especially in the vicinity of major dumping areas and coastal discharge points to explore possible links with pollution. Key customer purpose:- Fulfil statutory responsibilities regarding the disposal of wastes in the sea by ensuring that MAFF is alerted to any possible link between fish disease and pollution. Comply with agreements made bby the North Sea Task Force to survey fish disease levels.
Objective
1.To monitor quantitatively the prevalence of diseased, parasitised and deformed fish in the North Sea from year to year, and wherever practicable to link disease observations with other environmental or biological factors of possible significance. 2.Similarly, to monitor in the vicinity of major dumping areas and coastal discharges. 3.Using information from 1 and 2, to identify areas having notably high disease prevalence, or where prevalence is changing in parallel with contamination or other influence of man, and which merit more intensive surveying and supporting measurements as special projects. These objectives are taken from those recommended by a Co-ordinator's MAFF/DAFS/NERC/etc. working group (1989). It was agreed that it was not necessary to monitor all British seas for disease.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1990

To: 1996

Cost: £1,193,039
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CEFAS
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Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine