Accession Number : ADA345918
Title : The Environmental Impacts of Boating; Proceedings of a Workshop held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole MA USA, December 7 to 9, 1994.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,
Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
Personal Author(s) : Crawford, Richard E. ; Stolpe, Nils E. ; Moore, Michael J.
Report Date : MAR 1998
Pagination or Media Count : 205
Abstract : Substantiated impacts of boating activity discussed at this workshop include: (1) sediment and contaminant resuspension and resultant turbidity; (2) laceration of aquatic vegetation with loss of faunal habitat and substrate stability; (3) toxic effects of chemical emissions of boat engines; (4) increased turbulence; (5) shearing of plankton; (6) shorebird disturbance; and (7) the biological effects of chemically treated wood used in dock and bulkhead construction. These discussions revealed that many of the issues of concern remain inadequately defined and described. But sufficient hard data was referred to or presented to substantiate the inference that recreational and commercial motor boat operation is far from a benign influence on aquatic and marine environments. This is a particularly so in temperate climes due to the unfortunate synchrony, with only a few exceptions, between the peak seasons for boating and the occurrence of plankton embryonic and larval stages of vertebrates and invertebrates in estuaries and coastal waters. Therefore, the chance of plants and organisms being affected by power boat operation appears to be substantial in shallow, heavily used boating areas such as those along the entire U.S. eastern and Gulf coasts. As such, motor boat operation should be conducted and managed in such a manner as to minimize those impacts.
Descriptors : *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT , *MARINE BIOLOGY , *BOATS , *POLLUTION , *MOTORS , *OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS , EMISSION , PEAK VALUES , STABILITY , UNITED STATES , SYMPOSIA , COASTAL REGIONS , WATER , TOXICITY , SUBSTRATES , SHALLOW WATER , CHEMICAL REACTIONS , VERTEBRATES , CONTAMINANTS , LOSSES , RESPONSE(BIOLOGY) , HABITATS , EMBRYOS , INVERTEBRATES , BULKHEADS , RECREATION , LARVAE , WORKSHOPS , WOOD , AQUATIC PLANTS , TURBIDITY , ESTUARIES.
Subject Categories : BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE