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Pathological and ecotoxicological study of sea birds and sea mammals in the North Sea and adjoining areas

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Dutch title: Pathologische en ecotoxicologische studie van zeevogels en zeezoogdieren in de Noordzee en aangrenzende gebieden
Parent project: Impulsprogramme "Marine Sciences", more
Reference no: MS/A1/03
Period: October 1992 till March 1997
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coastal waters; Detoxification; Ecotoxicology; Marine birds; Marine mammals
Geographical term: ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

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  • Université de Liège; Faculté des Sciences; Département des Sciences et Gestion de l'Environnement; Laboratoire d'Océanologie, more
  • Université de Liège; Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire; Department of Morphology and Pathology; Pathologie générale (Ulg), more
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Vakgroep Biologie; Laboratorium voor Ecotoxicologie en Polaire Ecologie (ETOX), more
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor

Abstract:
To collect, centralise, and identify seabirds and marine mammals found dead in the North Sea and adjacent areas.To analyse them from the anatomo-pathological (Coignoul) and from the toxicological point of view (Bouquegneau and Joiris).Through a coordinated discussion of the results and a comparison with literature data, to look for conclusions in three main directions: - to establish the causes of mortality and the health status of seabirds and marine mammals populations, - to establish the links between the contamination of the marine environment and the marine top predators, - and to describe and understand the accumulation, excretion and detoxification mechanisms of stable residues in the top predators of the marine environment.

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