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Persistent Pollutants in Marine Ecosystems

This new volume from the SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Special Publications Series examines the phenomenon of persistent pollutants in the seas and oceans. Unlike the highly visible and obvious effects caused by oil, certain chemicals have unseen but long-term and far-reaching effects on the marine ecosystem. They often have long half-lives, are carried great distances and pass easily through the food chain from prey to predator. The behaviour and effects of these persistent pollutants on each type of marine animal (invertebrates, vertebrates, fish, mammals and fish-eating birds) are described. A final overview draws the observations and conclusions together presenting a work that provides a foundation for understanding the behaviour of persistent pollutants in the marine environment.

Audience
For government, industrial and research laboratory workers, and graduates and final year undergraduates studying ecotoxicology, environmental biology and/or pollution.

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Published: December 1992

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-041874-2

Reviews

  • This well-produced relatively slim volume provides excellent coverage of the field and includes a large number of recent references. It will be of value to researchers, students and administrators and should be in the library of any organisation involved with marine pollution.
    G W Bryan, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology Ecosystems, 1992


    Throughout the book many questions that require further research or understanding are revised which will be of interest to researchers in the field. This is certainly a reference book for environmental chemists and toxicologists.
    J. Albaigé, Department of Environmental Chemistry, International Journal of Environmental Anal Chemistry, 1994
    'Persistent Pollutants in Marine Ecosystems' sets out be one of many authoratative works...the book achieves its aim and provides a useful review on the present state of knowledge concerning metabolic processes governing the behaviour of PAHs and PCBs in marine systems.
    M.J. Waldock, Ministry of Agriculture, 1993

Contents

  • Foreword. Preface. Invertebrates of Lower Trophic Levels. Persistent pollutants in marine invertebrates, D R Livingstone. Occurrence and fate of persistent pollutants in marine invertebrates - studies with polychaetes and the common mussel, Mytilus edulis, W Ernst. Invertebrates of Higher Trophic Levels. The distribution of 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in juvenile blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus and the physiological effects of consumption of food from a polluted environment on this species, A Cristini & K Cooper. The relationship between PCBs in biota and in water and sediment from New Bedford harbor - a modelling evaluation, J P Connolly. Fish. Chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons in bottom sediments, fish and marine mammals in US coastal waters - laboratory and field studies of metabolism and accumulation, U Varanasi et al. Marine Mammals. The toxicokinetics of PCBs in marine mammals with special reference to possible interactions of individual congeners with the cytochrome P450-dependent monooxygenase system, J P Boon et al. Chemical modernization and vulnerability of cetaceans - increasing toxic threat of organochlorine contaminants, S Tanabe & R Tatsukawa. Fish-Eating Birds. Patterns and trends of organochlorine contamination in Canadian sea birds eggs, J Elliott et al. Problems of bioaccumulation in fish-eating birds from the Mediterranean, A Renzoni. The ecotoxicology of persistent pollutants in marine fish-eating birds, C H Walker. Overview. Pollutants in marine ecosystems - an overview, D R Livingstone et al.

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