Integrated chemical and biological assessment of contaminant impacts in selected european coastal and offshore marine areas

Type Article
Date 2017-03
Language English
Author(s) Hylland Ketil1, Robinson Craig D.2, Burgeot Thierry3, Martinez-Gomez Concepcion4, Lang Thomas5, Svavarsson Jorundur6, Thain John E.7, Vethaak A. Dick8, 9, Gubbins Mattew J.2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Oslo, Dept Biosci, POB 1066, N-0316 Oslo, Norway.
2 : Marine Lab, Marine Scotland Sci, 375 Victoria Rd, Aberdeen AB11 9DB, Scotland.
3 : IFREMER, Lab Ecotoxicol, Rue Ile Yeu,BP 21105, F-44311 Nantes 03, France.
4 : IEO, Oceanog Ctr Murcia, Varadero 1,POB 22, Murcia 30740, Spain.
5 : Thunen Inst Fisheries Ecol, Deichstr 12, D-27472 Cuxhaven, Germany.
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. 130-138
DOI 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.05.014
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, European seas, Biological effects, Assessment
Abstract This paper reports a full assessment of results from ICON, an international workshop on marine integrated contaminant monitoring, encompassing different matrices (sediment, fish, mussels, gastropods), areas (Iceland, North Sea, Baltic, Wadden Sea, Seine estuary and the western Mediterranean) and endpoints (chemical analyses, biological effects).

ICON has demonstrated the use of a framework for integrated contaminant assessment on European coastal and offshore areas. The assessment showed that chemical contamination did not always correspond with biological effects, indicating that both are required. The framework can be used to develop assessments for EU directives. If a 95% target were to be used as a regional indicator of MSFD GES, Iceland and offshore North Sea would achieve the target using the ICON dataset, but inshore North Sea, Baltic and Spanish Mediterranean regions would fail.
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Hylland Ketil, Robinson Craig D., Burgeot Thierry, Martinez-Gomez Concepcion, Lang Thomas, Svavarsson Jorundur, Thain John E., Vethaak A. Dick, Gubbins Mattew J. (2017). Integrated chemical and biological assessment of contaminant impacts in selected european coastal and offshore marine areas. Marine Environmental Research, 124, 130-138. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :