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The correct management of freshwaters and their fisheries is vital to ensure environmental protection and an appropriate level of stocking densities of healthy fish in designated angling water bodies. This important book, which is aimed primarily at fisheries managers and those considering buying or building lakes for fisheries, provides detailed information which is essential for all those involved in the area. The contents of this very useful and comprehensive book have been written by practising fisheries managers and scientists and include basic principles in fisheries ecology, in management and in fish stock assessment. Chapter also include coverage of how conditions can be improved and fisheries enhanced through the use of nutrient management, habitat improvement and conservation, with important case study details included. Chapters on fisheries and the law and business best management practices are also included.
Acknowledgements. Part I Ecology of Still-Water Fisheries. 1 Introduction. 2 Ecology of Lakes. 3 Bacteria. 4 Plants. 5 Invertebrates. 6 Fish. 7 Disease-Causing Organisms. Chris Williams and Ian Wellby. 8 Mammals and Birds. Part II Management of Still-Water Fisheries. 9 Developing and Preparing a Fishery. 10 The Construction of a Still-Water Fishery. 11 Fish Stock Assessment. 12 Stock Manipulation. 13 Invertebrate Survey. 14 Control of Water Quality. 15 Control of Aquatic Plants. 16 Control of Erosion. 17 Control of Predators and Nuisance Species. 18 Managing the Impact of Climate Change on Still-Water Fisheries. 19 Control of Fish Disease. 20 Biosecurity. 21 Control of Fishing Activities. 22 Fish Nutrition. 23 Improving Conditions or Fishery Enhancement. 24 General Administration. Part III Legal and Social Framework. 25 General Legislation. 26 Environmental Legislation. 27 Direct Fisheries-Related Legislation. 28 Agencies and Organisations. Appendix A: Example of Risk Assessment. Appendix B: Example Model of a Disciplinary Procedure. Appendix C: Example of a Fisheries Survey. Glossary. Further Reading. Index.
Ash Girdler runs the AGA Group, one of the UK's largest fishery management consultancies and practitioners, with a contracting arm carrying out habitat creation and restoration amongst a wide variety of related disciplines, from a 70 acre aquatic nursery and fish farming base in Norfolk, UK. Ian Wellby runs Blueroof Ltd, a consultancy specialising in fisheries management, as well as teaching at various colleges in the UK. Robin Welcomme served with the Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of FAO for 30 years and eventually came to head the unit. He is now Visiting Researcher with Imperial College, UK, working on inland fisheries, and is Honorary Secretary of the Institute for Fisheries Management.
The book is the work of some of the most knowledgeable fisheries people around. (Anglers Mail August 2010)