Cs-137 baseline levels in the Mediterranean and Black Sea: A cross-basin survey of the CIESM Mediterranean Mussel Watch programme

Type Article
Date 2008-09
Language English
Author(s) Thebault Herve1, Baena A, Andral Bruno2, Barisic D3, Albaladejo J4, Bologa A5, Boudjenoun R6, Delfanti R7, Egorov V8, Khoukhi T9, Florou H10, Kniewald G3, Noureddine A6, Patrascu V5, Pham M, Scarpato A11, Stokozov N8, Topcuoglu S12, Warnau M
Affiliation(s) 1 : Ctr Ifremer, LERCM, IRSN, F-83507 La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
2 : IFREMER, F-83507 La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
3 : Rudjer Boskovic Inst, Lab Trace Phys Chem, Ctr Marine & Environm Res, Zagreb 10002, Croatia.
4 : Ctr Oceanograf Murcia, IEO, San Pedro Del Pinatar 30740, Spain.
5 : Natl Inst Marine Res & Dev Grigore Antipa, RO-900581 Constanta, Romania.
6 : Commissariat Energie Atom COMENA, Ctr Radioprotect Rech Nucl Algeret Surete, Lab Etud Impact Radiol, Algiers 16000, Algeria.
7 : Marine Environm Res Ctr, Ente Nuove Tecnol Energia & Ambiente ENEA, La Spezia, Italy.
8 : Natl Acad Sci Ukraine, IBSS, UA-99011 Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine.
9 : Ctr Etud Nucl Maamora CNESTEN, Rabat 10001, Morocco.
10 : Demokritos Natl Ctr Sci Res, GR-15310 Athens, Greece.
11 : ICRAM Ist Cent Ric Sci & Tenol Applicata Mare, I-00166 Rome, Italy.
12 : Cekmece Nucl Res & Training Ctr CNAEM, TR-43831 Istanbul, Turkey.
Source Marine Pollution Bulletin (0025-326X) (Elsevier), 2008-09 , Vol. 57 , N. 6-12 , P. 801-806
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.11.010
WOS© Times Cited 49
Keyword(s) Black Sea, Mediterranean, Mussel watch, Monitoring, Radionuclides, Bivalves
Abstract The common mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis was selected as unique biomonitor species to implement a regional monitoring programme, the CIESM Mediterranean Mussel Watch (MMW), in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. As of today, and upon standardization of the methodological approach, the MMW Network has been able to quantify Cs-137 levels in mussels from 60 coastal stations and to produce the first distribution map of this artificial radionuclide at the scale of the entire Mediterranean and Black Seas. While: measured Cs-137 levels were found to be very low (usually <1 Bq kg(-1) wet wt) Cs-137 activity concentrations in the Black Sea and North Aegean Sea were up to two orders of magnitude higher than those in the western Mediterranean Basin. Such effects, far from representing a threat to human populations or the environment, reflect a persistent signature of the Chernobyl fallout in this area. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Thebault Herve, Baena A, Andral Bruno, Barisic D, Albaladejo J, Bologa A, Boudjenoun R, Delfanti R, Egorov V, Khoukhi T, Florou H, Kniewald G, Noureddine A, Patrascu V, Pham M, Scarpato A, Stokozov N, Topcuoglu S, Warnau M (2008). Cs-137 baseline levels in the Mediterranean and Black Sea: A cross-basin survey of the CIESM Mediterranean Mussel Watch programme. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 57(6-12), 801-806. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.11.010 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00000/4477/