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The BEEP project in the Baltic Sea: overview of results and outline for a regional biological effects monitoring strategy
Lehtonen, K.K.; Schiedek, D.; Köhler, A.; Lang, T.; Vuorinen, P.J.; Förlin, L.; Barsiene, J.; Pempkowiak, J.; Gercken, J. (2006). The BEEP project in the Baltic Sea: overview of results and outline for a regional biological effects monitoring strategy. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 53(8-9): 523-537
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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Keywords
    Biomarkers; Pollution monitoring; ANE, Baltic [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Lehtonen, K.K.
  • Schiedek, D., more
  • Köhler, A.
  • Lang, T.
  • Vuorinen, P.J.
  • Förlin, L.
  • Barsiene, J.
  • Pempkowiak, J.
  • Gercken, J.

Abstract
    Field studies in the framework of the EU funded BEEP project (Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution in Marine Coastal Ecosystems, 2001-2004) aimed at validating and intercalibrating a battery of biomarkers of contaminant exposure and effects in selected indicator species in the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic and the Baltic Seas. Major strategic goals of the BEEP project were the development of a sensitive and cost-efficient biological effects monitoring approach, delivery of information and advice to end-user groups, and the implementation of a network of biomarker researchers around Europe. Based on the main results obtained in the Baltic Sea component of the BEEP the present paper summarises and assesses the applicability of biomarkers for different regions and species in this sea area. Moreover, a general strategy and some practical considerations for the monitoring of biological effects in the Baltic Sea are outlined.

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