publication . Article . 2004

Monitoring chemical contamination levels in the Mediterranean based on the use of mussel caging

Bruno Andral; Jean Yves Stanisiere; Didier Sauzade; Elodie Damier; Hervé Thebault; François Galgani; Pierre Boissery;
  • Published: 28 Jun 2004 Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin, volume 49, pages 704-712 (issn: 0025-326X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Within the framework of the biointegrator network (RINBIO), 92 man-made cages containing mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), distributed over 1800 km of the French Mediterranean coast, made it possible to assess chemical contamination by heavy metals (Cd, Hg, Zn, Pb, Cu, Ni, Cr, As) and organic compounds (DDT, PCBs, HAP). The caging technique was adopted to compensate for the scarcity of natural shellfish stocks in the Mediterranean and to enable comparison of the sites regardless of their physicochemical and trophic characteristics. Models linking a biometric parameter (the condition index) to pollutant levels make it possible to adjust raw data on contaminati...
free text keywords: Pollution, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Marine pollution, Biomonitoring, Mediterranean climate, Ecology, Fishery, Environmental chemistry, Mediterranean sea, Biology, Contamination, Water pollution, Pollutant
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