The impacts of fine sediment on riverine fish
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 25, Issue 11, pages 1800–1821, 30 May 2011
How to Cite
Kemp, P., Sear, D., Collins, A., Naden, P. and Jones, I. (2011), The impacts of fine sediment on riverine fish. Hydrol. Process., 25: 1800–1821. doi: 10.1002/hyp.7940
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Received: 1 MAY 2010
- fine sediment;
- freshwater fish;
- anthropogenic impacts;
- casual mechanisms;
Elevated fine sediment input from terrestrial and aquatic sources as a result of anthropogenic activity is widely recognized to impact negatively on aquatic ecosystems. In rivers, freshwater fish are exposed to a range of impacts resulting from fine sediment pressures. To date, research on the effects of fine sediments on fish has been concentrated within relatively few families, notably the salmonidae. This paper reviews the literature describing indirect and direct impacts of fine sediment on freshwater fish as a contribution towards enhancing the understanding of the impacts of anthropogenic activities on freshwater ecosystems. We identify the causal mechanisms that underpin the observed negative response exhibited by fish populations to enhanced fine sediment loads, and the variability across different fish species. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.