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Virginia Institute of Marine Science
L. Eugene Cronin
Ten Critical Questions For Chesapeake Bay In Research And Related Matters
Chesapeake Research Consortium
CRC Publication No. 113
The animals and plants of the Bay, and the processes in which they are involved, are the basis for almost every use and desirable quality of the Bay. They provide both commercial and recreational fisheries, assimilate some quantities of wastes, contribute to esthetic quality, provide a favorable environment for many birds and mammals and feed all of the species which are used by man. However, the biota are directly or indirectly affected by many human activities - by maritime transport, recreational activities, agricultural production, waste discharges, domestic development, engineering activity, and other land-based activities. Therefore, the ultimate and most important question to be considered in evaluating any new pollutant or proposed environmental modification is - What effect will it have on the biota?
Cronin, L. Eugene and Roberts, Morris H. Jr., "How Can We Best Test The Effects Of Pollutants And Changes On The Animals And Plants Of Chesapeake Bay?" (1983). VIMS Books and Book Chapters. 175.