Chapter 7. Ecological and fisheries implications of offshore oil and gas development

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The text analyzes the ecological and fisheries consequences of offshore oil and gas development. Mechanisms of environmental stress and biological effects under different impacts of the offshore oil and gas production are explained. Nature, interrelations and sequence of biological response in the sea are described. Ecological situation in areas of offshore oil and gas activity is analyzed. Sources and effects of seawater and sediment pollution in the areas of the offshore developments are examined. Detailed data on oil distribution in marine ecosystems, including levels in seawater, bottom sediments and marine organisms in the areas of the oil and gas activities are provided. Immediate (short-term) and long-term effects of oil spills and recovering of marine communities affected by oil spills in different regions are discussed. Long-term consequences of low-level contamination resulted from routine industry's discharges are also examined. The impact of the offshore development on fish stock, fisheries and fishing in the shelf waters is discussed. Conditions allowing balance of interests for the offshore oil industry and the fisheries are substantiated. Includes all original charts, tables, graphics and diagrams from the book, as well as conclusions and list of references. PDF file. $37.00

Chapter 7. Ecological and fisheries implications of offshore oil and gas development (US$37).

7.1. Environmental stress and biological effects
7.2. Ecological situation in areas of offshore oil and gas activity:
7.2.1. Sources, levels, and consequences of seawater pollution
7.2.2. Sources, levels, and effects of bottom sediment pollution
7.3. Accidental oil spills
7.4. Chronic contamination and long-term environmental effects
7.5. Biological resources, fisheries, and offshore oil and gas industry:
7.5.1. Oil impacts on fisheries resources
7.5.2. Deterioration of the quality of fish and other commercial organisms

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