How can we quantify impacts of contaminants in marine ecosystems? The ICON project

Type Article
Date 2017-03
Language English
Author(s) Hylland Ketil1, Burgeot Thierry2, Martinez-Gomez Concepcion3, Lang Thomas4, Robinson Craig D.5, Svavarsson Jorundur6, Thain John E.7, Vethaak A. Dick8, 9, Gubbins Matthew J.2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Oslo, Dept Biosci, POB 1066, N-0316 Oslo, Norway.
2 : IFREMER, Lab Ecotoxicol, Rue Ile Yeu,BP 21105, F-44311 Nantes 03, France.
3 : Oceanog Ctr Murcia, IEO, Varadero 1,POB 22, Murcia 30740, Spain.
4 : Thunen Inst Fisheries Ecol, Deichstr 12, D-27472 Cuxhaven, Germany.
5 : Marine Scotland Sci, Marine Lab, 375 Victoria Rd, Aberdeen AB11 9DB, Scotland.
6 : Univ Iceland, Askja Nat Sci Bldg,Sturlugata 7, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland.
7 : Cefas Weymouth Lab, Barrack Rd, Weymouth DT4 8UB, Dorset, England.
8 : Deltares, Marine & Coastal Syst, POB 177, NL-2600 MH Delft, Netherlands.
9 : Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Amsterdam Global Change Inst, Inst Environm Studies, Boelelaan 1085, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Source Marine Environmental Research (0141-1136) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2017-03 , Vol. 124 , P. 2-10
DOI 10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.11.006
WOS© Times Cited 21
Note The ICON Project (the trans-European research project on field studies related to a large-scale sampling and monitoring
Keyword(s) ICON, Contaminants, North sea, Mediterranean sea, Biological effects, Biomarkers, Monitoring
Abstract An international workshop on marine integrated contaminant monitoring (ICON) was organised to test a framework on integrated environmental assessment and simultaneously assess the status of selected European marine areas. Biota and sediment were sampled in selected estuarine, inshore and offshore locations encompassing marine habitats from Iceland to the Spanish Mediterranean. The outcome of the ICON project is reported in this special issue as method-oriented papers addressing chemical analyses, PAH metabolites, oxidative stress, biotransformation, lysosomal membrane stability, genotoxicity, disease in fish, and sediment assessment, as well as papers assessing specific areas. This paper provides a background and introduction to the ICON project, by reviewing how effects of contaminants on marine organisms can be monitored and by describing strategies that have been employed to monitor and assess such effects. Through the ICON project we have demonstrated the use of an integrating framework and gleaned more knowledge than ever before in any single field campaign about the impacts contaminants may have in European marine areas.
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Hylland Ketil, Burgeot Thierry, Martinez-Gomez Concepcion, Lang Thomas, Robinson Craig D., Svavarsson Jorundur, Thain John E., Vethaak A. Dick, Gubbins Matthew J. (2017). How can we quantify impacts of contaminants in marine ecosystems? The ICON project. Marine Environmental Research, 124, 2-10. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :