Setting new thermal standards for transitional and coastal (TraC) waters

Wither, Andrew; Bamber, Roger; Colclough, Steve; Dyer, Keith; Elliott, Mike; Holmes, Peter; Jenner, Henk; Taylor, Colin; Turnpenny, Andy. 2012 Setting new thermal standards for transitional and coastal (TraC) waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64 (8). 1564-1579. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.05.019

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The construction of a new generation of coastal power stations in the UK and other western European countries has highlighted the absence of robust standards for thermal discharges to transitional and coastal waters. The proposed discharge volumes are greater than hitherto, yet there has been little independent critical examination of their potential impact, whilst much of the existing guidance has been adapted from freshwater practice. This review considers the available knowledge on the tolerance and behaviour of fish and other marine biota to heated effluents. Appropriate ways are suggested of grouping fish species to reflect their sensitivity to thermal effects. The plethora of existing standards are considered and their validity assessed in a framework of predicted seawater temperature rise. Those species or groups of organisms most likely to be affected are identified and finally specific recommendations for thermal standards consistent with long term sustainability are proposed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.05.019
Programmes: NOC Programmes
ISSN: 0025326X
Additional Keywords: Thermal standards; Cooling water discharges; Temperature; TraC waters; Estuaries; Coasts; Marine fish
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 07 Aug 2012 12:56

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