Chapter

Pollution

M. JAMES ALLEN

in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246539.003.0023
Pollution

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This chapter describes the nature and effects of pollution and habitat alteration effects on California marine fishes. At present, the coastal population of the Californias is distributed unevenly with high population centers in southern California and in the San Francisco Bay area. Because of the high human population densities in these areas, these are the primary areas of pollution and habitat alteration that has affected fish populations. In addition to accumulating in marine organisms, contaminants can have detrimental effects on individual fish, populations and assemblages, fish predators, and human consumers of fish. This chapter describes health risks to humans and to bird and mammal predators that consume them.

Keywords: habitat alteration; pollution; marine fishes; southern California; San Francisco Bay; fish consumers

Chapter.  12700 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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