Investigation and Monetary Values of Fish and Freshwater Mussel Kills


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Robert I. Southwick and Andrew J. Loftus, editors

177 pages

Published by American Fisheries Society, September 2003


Special Publication 30

This book is an update and expansion of the widely accepted monetary values of fish that have been published by AFS since 1975 (last updated in 1992 as Special Publication 24). 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. In this current version, freshwater mussels are included for the first time. The publication contains comprehensive methods for assessing fish kills and freshwater mussel kill events and for assessing restitution based on replacement cost for organisms lost in the kill. Tables containing updated replacement cost values for most major fish species that are cultured and for all 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

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Procedures for Investigation a Fish Kill

Chapter 2. Field Guidelines for Counting Dead Fish

Chapter 3. Principles of Sampling Dead Fish

Chapter 4. Costs and Economic Valuation of Fish Kills

Chapter 5. Procedures for the Investigation of Freshwater Mollusk Kills

Chapter 6. Costs and Economic Valuation of Freshwater Mussel Kills


Appendix A: Replacement Costs of Fish

Appendix B: Threatened and Endangered Species of Fish

Appendix C: Methodology for Determining Replacement Cost for Fish

Appendix D: Legal Precedents

Appendix E: Threatened and Endangered Mussels

Appendix F: Replacement Costs of Juvenile Freshwater Mussels

Appendix G: Table of Random Numbers