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The decline of diadromous fish in Western Europe inland waters: mains causes and consequence

Costa-Dias, Sérgia and Sousa, Ronaldo and Lobón-Cerviá, Javier and Laffaille, Pascal The decline of diadromous fish in Western Europe inland waters: mains causes and consequence. (2009) In: Fisheries : Management, economics and perspectives. Nova Science Publishers, New York, 67-92. ISBN 978-1-60692-303-0

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Relative to the overwhelming information available on marine fisheries, inland systems have received less attention within the global fisheries crisis. The present situation however, raises serious concerns and this chapter is an attempt to summarize the status of Western European inland fisheries focused on some of the most valuable species targeted in Western Europe: diadromous fishes, including shads, salmonids and the European eel. These species have been reported to be declining over the last decades and the underlying causes appear to be related with human impact on habitat, water quality deterioration, river regularizations, introduction of invasive species, and overexploitation whereas the effects of climate change are still under debate. Overall, these species not only have economic importance but also play fundamental ecological roles in inland aquatic habitats including nutrient cycling, trophic dynamics and overall productivity. Consequently, a decline of migratory fish populations may have important direct and future consequences on the economy. Nevertheless, it also means that fewer species are present to perform critical functions and the consequences may be severe when species with disproportionately influence on biogeochemical cycles, energy fluxes and trophic dynamics are lost. In view of this, the sustainable future of inland fisheries will certainly include a compromise with biodiversity maintenance. Since for different species and types of habitat the major impacts differ, some case studies are examined and management proposals are discussed.

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Institution:Other partners > Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (SPAIN)
Other partners > Universidade do Porto - UP (PORTUGAL)
Other partners > Université de Rennes 1 (FRANCE)
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