Integrated indicator framework and methodology for monitoring and assessment of hazardous substances and their effects in the marine environment

Type Article
Date 2017-03
Language English
Author(s) Vethaak A. Dick1, 2, Davies Ian M.3, Thain John E.4, Gubbins Matthew J.3, Martinez-Gomez Concepcion5, Robinson Craig D.3, Moffat Colin F.3, Burgeot Thierry6, Maes Thomas10, Wosniok Werner8, Giltrap Michelle7, Lang Thomas9, Hylland Ketil11
Affiliation(s) 1 : Deltares, Marine & Coastal Syst, Boussinesqweg 1, NL-2629 HV Delft, Netherlands.
2 : Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Inst Environm Studies, Boelelaan 1087, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands.
3 : Marine Scotland Sci, Marine Lab, 375 Victoria Rd, Aberdeen AB11 9DB, Scotland.
4 : CEFAS, Ctr Environm Fisheries & Aquaculture Sci, Weymouth Lab, Barrack Rd, Weymouth DT4 8UB, Dorset, England.
5 : Oceanog Ctr Murcia, IEO, Varadero 1,POB 22, Murcia 30740, Spain.
6 : IFREMER, Lab Ecotoxicol, Rue Ile Yeu,BP 21105, F-44311 Nantes 03, France.
7 : Inst Marine, Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland.
8 : Univ Bremen, Inst Stat, Achterstr 30, D-28359 Bremen, Germany.
9 : Thunen Inst Fisheries Ecol, Deichstr 12, D-27472 Cuxhaven, Germany.
10 : CEFAS, Ctr Environm Fisheries Aquaculture & Sci, Pakefield Rd, Lowestoft NR33 0HT, Suffolk, England.
11 : Univ Oslo, Dept Biosci, POB 1066, N-0316 Oslo, Norway.
Source Marine Environmental Research (0141-1136) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2017-03 , Vol. 124 , P. 11-20
DOI 10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.09.010
WOS© Times Cited 51
Note The ICON Project (the trans-European research project on field studies related to a large-scale sampling and monitoring
Keyword(s) Chemical measurements, Biomarker, Bioassay, Pollution effects, Biomonitoring, Environmental, Impact, MSFD, ICES, OSPAR
Abstract Many maritime countries in Europe have implemented marine environmental monitoring programmes which include the measurement of chemical contaminants and related biological effects. How best to integrate data obtained in these two types of monitoring into meaningful assessments has been the subject of recent efforts by the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Expert Groups. Work within these groups has concentrated on defining a core set of chemical and biological endpoints that can be used across maritime areas, defining confounding factors, supporting parameters and protocols for measurement. The framework comprised markers for concentrations of, exposure to and effects from, contaminants. Most importantly, assessment criteria for biological effect measurements have been set and the framework suggests how these measurements can be used in an integrated manner alongside contaminant measurements in biota, sediments and potentially water. Output from this process resulted in OSPAR Commission ( guidelines that were adopted in 2012 on a trial basis for a period of 3 years. The developed assessment framework can furthermore provide a suitable approach for the assessment of Good Environmental Status (GES) for Descriptor 8 of the European Union (EU) Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
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Vethaak A. Dick, Davies Ian M., Thain John E., Gubbins Matthew J., Martinez-Gomez Concepcion, Robinson Craig D., Moffat Colin F., Burgeot Thierry, Maes Thomas, Wosniok Werner, Giltrap Michelle, Lang Thomas, Hylland Ketil (2017). Integrated indicator framework and methodology for monitoring and assessment of hazardous substances and their effects in the marine environment. Marine Environmental Research, 124, 11-20. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :