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1.0 INTRODUCTION
2.0 OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY
4.1 Upper MSC and River Irwell Catchment
4.1.1 Salford Quays
4.1.2 Upper Manchester Ship Canal
4.1.3 River Irwell
4.2 Upper Mersey System
4.2.1 River Goyt
4.2.2 River Tame
4.2.3 River Bollin
4.3 The Rivers Weaver and Gowy
4.4 Present distribution of Species within the system
5.0 ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS OF FISH
5.1 Water Quality
5.1.1 The Freshwater Fish Directive
5.1.2 Key water quality issues
5.1.3 Dissolved oxygen (DO) and Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD)
5.1.4 Ammonia
5.1.5 pH
5.1.6 Eutrophication
5.1.7 Direct effects of sewage input
5.1.8 Catchment summary
5.1.8.1 River Irk
5.1.8.2 River Medlock
5.1.8.3 River Irwell
5.1.8.4 Manchester Ship Canal, Turning Basin
5.1.8.5 Salford Quays
5.1.8.6 Manchester Ship Canal at Irlam
5.1.8.7 Manchester Ship Canal at Barton
5.1.8.8 River Mersey at Flixton
5.1.8.9 River Goyt
5.1.8.10 River Bollin at Heatley
5.2 Habitat Requirements
5.2.1 Riverine coarse fishes
(a) Early Life History
(b) Adults
5.2.2 Salmonids
(a) Migratory salmonids
(b) Non migratory salmonids
6.1 Lower River Irwell and upper Manchester Ship Canal
6.2 River Irwell Upstream of Bury
6.3 River Irk
6.4 River Medlock
6.5 Lower River Irwell and upper MSC Fish Survey data
6.5.1 Surveys, 1998-2000
6.5.2 Surveys, 2004-2006
6.6 Salford Quays
6.7 Upper River Mersey
6.8 River Goyt
6.9 River Tame
6.10 River Bollin
6.11 Rivers Weaver and Gowy
7.0 FISH HEALTH
7.1 Growth Rates
7.2 Condition
7.2.1 Fulton’s Condition Factor
7.3 Food availability
7.4 Endocrine disruption
7.4.1 Occurrence of intersex in the MSC
(a) Roach
(b) Perch
8.0 THE RETURN OF SALMON TO THE MERSEY
8.1 The potential for a future salmon fishery
8.1.1 River Bollin
8.1.2 The River Goyt
9.1 Limnophilic species
9.1.1Oxygenated areas
9.2 Salford Quays
10.1.1 Eel (Anguilla Anguilla)
10.1.2 Flounder (Platichthys flesus)
10.2 Anadromous species
10.2.1 Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
10.2.3 River and sea lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis and Petromyzon marinus)
11.1 Physical Nature of the MSC
11.2 Water Quality Issues
11.3 Eutrophication
11.4 Endocrine Disruption
11.5 Physical barriers and impoundment of stocks
11.6 Additional impacts on migration and consequences
12.1 Introduction
13.0 RECOMMENDATIONS AND CURRENT KNOWLEDGE GAPS
13.1 Monitoring and scientific investigation
13.2 Catchment Management Recommendations
REFERENCES
APPENDIX I – Water Quality Data
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Manchester Ship Canal - Strategic Review of Fish Populations

Manchester Ship Canal - Strategic Review of Fish Populations

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