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Efficacy of a multi-metric fish index as an analysis tool for the transitional fish component of the Water Framework Directive
Coates, S.; Waugh, A.; Anwar, A.; Robson, M. (2007). Efficacy of a multi-metric fish index as an analysis tool for the transitional fish component of the Water Framework Directive. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 55(Spec. Issue 1-6): 225-240. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2006.08.029
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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  • Coates, S.; Waugh, A.; Anwar, A.; Robson, M. (2007). Efficacy of a multi-metric fish index as an analysis tool for the transitional fish component of the Water Framework Directive, in: Devlin, M. et al. (Ed.) Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in European marine waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 55(Spec. Issue 1-6): pp. 225-240, more

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Keywords
    Biological indicators; Community composition; Fish; Gear selectivity; Marine fish; Marine pollution; Monitoring; Pisces [WoRMS]; ANE, British Isles, England, Thames Estuary [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Coates, S.
  • Waugh, A.
  • Anwar, A.
  • Robson, M.

Abstract
    The WFD has introduced an international commitment to assess the ecological status of transitional waters (TWs), within which fish communities are a key biological monitoring component. The Transitional Fish Classification Index (TFCI) outlined in this paper uses 10 ecological measures to analyse fish populations caught from various ecological niches using a variety of gear types within the Thames estuary. These reach and method-specific communities are then compared to a reference population created from a 'healthy' population from TWs of a similar type. The results indicate a progressive downstream increase the quality of fish communities, consistent with previous work; variation between methods can be accounted for by gear selectivity. Overall, the TFCI is an effective communication tool for converting ecological information into an easily understood format for managers, policy makers and the general public.

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