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Using Detection Dogs to Monitor Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Protect Aquatic Resources

  • Ngaio L. Richards

About this book


This book is about the varied range of emerging applications using specially trained detection dogs to monitor and protect aquatic ecosystems, animals, plants and related resources. Featuring contributions from those at the forefront of converging disciplines ranging from canine training, ecological and biological monitoring, water resource management, law enforcement, and eco-toxicology, it addresses everyone already immersed in these or related fields, and anyone seeking to gain a broader understanding of them. Chapters cover several common themes including monitoring presence/absence through biological and ecological surveys; maintaining and evaluating water quality; law enforcement and anti-poaching initiatives; public education, awareness and compliance; standards and best practices; optimal uses of dogs in relation to and in conjunction with other available tools and pragmatic considerations for selecting and working with dogs and handlers. The aim of the book is to stimulate new ideas, promote the sharing and dissemination of information and findings - and, ideally, to catalyze new and innovative partnerships, to strengthen the preservation and conservation of our aquatic heritage.


Aquatic ecosystem detection dogs ecosystem conservation freshwater ecosystems Monitoring Threatened Aquatic Species Monitoring Invasive Aquatic Species Sewage Pollution Scat Detection Dogs ecological survey methods biological survey methods Invasive Invertebrate Species Alberta’s Dedicated Canine Mussel Inspection Program Environmental Canine Services evaluating and maintaining water quality anti-poaching initiatives with detection dogs Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C) Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Editors and affiliations

  • Ngaio L. Richards
    • 1
  1. 1.Bozeman, MTUSA

About the editors

Ngaio L Richards, PhD, is the Forensics & Field Specialist and a canine handler with Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C). She has contributed extensively to the applied conservation and wildlife forensics literature and edited the seminal textbook Carbofuran and Wildlife Poisoning: Global Perspectives and Forensic Approaches. Ngaio is happiest in secluded wilderness, accompanied by a dog.

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