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Health Assessment of fish communities exposed to pig slurry in the Vaal River, South Africa

Wihan Pheiffer, Rialet Pieters
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 31, No 1 | a344 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v31i1.344 | © 2012 Wihan Pheiffer, Rialet Pieters | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 May 2012 | Published: 06 June 2012

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Wihan Pheiffer, North-West University, South Africa
Rialet Pieters, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

This study evaluated the effects of untreated pig slurry on the general health of thefish communities in the lower Vaal area by using the Fish Health Assessment Index (FHAI)together with morphological biomarkers such as Gonad Mass Index (GMI), Hepato-SomaticIndex (HSI), the Condition factor (Cf) and microbial activity.

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