Treat wastewater from intensive livestock holdings
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Intensive agriculture constitutes an important source of pollution to the marine environment. Agriculture waste and pollutants can enter rivers and other watercourse runoffs and be discharged into the sea (Rawlings et al. 1998). For instance, wastewater from intensive livestock holdings can introduce bacteria, excess nutrients and solid particles. Treating wastewater from intensive livestock holdings may reduce pollution levels in the marine environment and reduce associated risks to subtidal benthic invertebrates.
Evidence for other interventions related to pollution from agriculture are summarised under “Threat: Pollution – Regulate the use, dosage and disposal of agrichemicals”, “Establish aquaculture to extract the nutrients from run-offs” and “Create artificial wetlands to reduce the amount of pollutants reaching the sea”.
Rawlins B.G., Ferguson A.J., Chilton P.J., Arthurton R.S., Rees J.G. & Baldock J.W. (1998) Review of agricultural pollution in the Caribbean with particular emphasis on small island developing states. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 36, 658–668.