Assessment of the Contaminants in Biota from the Western Black Sea Basin in respect with MSFD Requirements in the frame of the MISIS Project
AbstractWithin the Joint MISIS cruise biota samples were taken from Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish transects in order to evaluate the presence of hazardous substances in respect to Marine Strategy Framework Directive criteria and indicators under Descriptor 8 and Descriptor 9. The results for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons allow the classification of the biota samples as minimally and moderately contaminated. Except p, p’ DDT and its metabolites organochlorine pesticides concentrations are below detection limits. The polychlorinated biphenyls levels may not pose a significant risk for the ecosystem or human health. Heavy metals assessed with respect to their human health risk were below the maximum admissible Limits.
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