Investigation and Monetary Values of Fish and Freshwater Mollusk Kills


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Edited by Robert I. Southwick and Andrew J. Loftus

165 pages, paper
Published November 2017
Special Publication 35
ISBN: 978-1-934874-47-9


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This book is an update of the widely accepted monetary values of fish that have been published by AFS since 1975 (last updated in 2003 as Special Publication 30). This publication has been adopted as the legal basis for restitution or fines in more than half the states and has been upheld in numerous legal challenges. This current version presents freshwater mussel values that have been substantially refined since their initial appearance in 2003, and updates the comprehensive methods for assessing fish kills and freshwater mussel kill events.

Tables containing updated replacement cost values for most major fish species that are cultured and for freshwater mussel species in the USA are included. This book is a must for anyone involved with fish or freshwater mussel kills, propagation, and water pollution policy.


Chapter 1: Procedures for Investigating a Fish Kill
Chapter 2: Principles of Sampling Dead Fish
Chapter 3: Field Guidelines for Counting Dead Fish
Chapter 4: Costs and Economic Valuation of Fish Kills
Chapter 5: Procedure for Investigation of Freshwater Mollusk Kills
Chapter 6: Costs and Economic Valuation of Freshwater Mussel Kills
Appendix A. Hatchery Production Costs of Fish
Appendix B. Threatened and Endangered Species of Fish
Appendix C: Methodology for Determining Replacement Costs of Fish
Appendix D: Legal Precedents
Appendix E: Federally Listed Endangered and Threatened Freshwater Mollusks
Appendix F: Hatchery Replacement Costs of Freshwater Mussels at Taggable Size
Appendix G: Random Numbers

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