Sensitivity to Human Activities
Following Holt et al. (1995), McLeod (1996) and Hiscock (in prep) we
have tried to consider both sensitivity (the likelihood that an organism or
community will suffer damage or death when exposed to an external factor) and
vulnerability (the likelihood of exposure to an external factor) under the
general heading of sensitivity here.
Although not strictly within the remit of this report (sensitivity and
dynamics) fisheries regulations clearly have management implications for Mytilus,
which constitutes an important fishery in terms of collection of wild stocks, relaying of
seed mussels for ongrowing, and true aquaculture. A brief mention of relevant
fisheries regulations is therefore included in this section.