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Effects of Pollution on Fish: Molecular Effects and Population Responses

Effects of Pollution on Fish: Molecular Effects and Population Responses

Andrew J. Lawrence (Editor), Krystal L. Hemingway (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-99969-1 December 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 368 Pages


The impact of pollution on fisheries and the potential health implications of eating contaminated fish are areas of considerable concern for the fishing and aquaculture communities, government bodies and the general public. Pollution, as well as over fishing, may well be contributory to recent serious declines in global fish stocks.

Effects of Pollution on Fish brings together the work of many international experts each of whom have examined the literature on marine and freshwater fish and, where appropriate, invertebrates, to produce comprehensive chapters covering all major aspects of the impacts of pollution on fish and fisheries. The book describes these impacts in detail, from the molecular and sub-cellular level, through organism to population and community levels, and subsequently to socio-economic implications.

The editors of this thorough and timely book have drawn together contributions encompassing molecular genetics, biochemistry, physiology, population and community biology, and fishery economics. As such, this important book will be of great use and interest to students and professionals studying and teaching in all those subject areas. Fish biologists, environmental scientists and ecotoxicologists, marine and freshwater ecologists, fisheries managers, aquaculture personnel and fish farmers, as well as fish veterinarians will all find much of great value within this book. Libraries in universities and research establishments concerned with these areas should all have copies of this book on their shelves.

List of Contributors.



1. Introduction and Conceptual Model.

2. Genetic Damage and the Molecular/Cellular Response to Pollution.

3. Molecular/Cellular Processes and the Physiological Response to Pollution.

4. Molecular/Cellular Processes and the Health of the Individual.

5. Cellular/Cellular Processes and the Impact on Reproduction.

6. From the Individual to the Population and Community Responses to Pollution.

7. Cellular/Cellular Processes and the Population Genetics of a Species.

8. From Population Ecology to Socio-Economic and Human Health Issues.

9. The Role of Modelling in Fish and Fishery Ecotoxicology.


"This book will be an important resource for environmental toxicologists and fishery biologists. Postgraduates and researchers new to the field will also find the book invaluable. For others, working within narrow specialist fields, it provides an insight into the wider impacts that pollution in fish can cause."
Journal of Fish Biology, Vol. 67, October 2005

"The main readership of the book will be fish physiologists and environmental biologists with interests in aquatic ecophysiology and ecotoxicology."
Aquaculture International, 2004

*subject area of huge commercial importance
*internationally-known and respected contributors
*covers pollution effects at all organism levels
*a must-have reference for all environmental scientists