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Trace metals in selected benthic invertebrates from Belgian coastal waters (1981–1996)
Guns, M.; Van Hoeyweghen, P.; Vyncke, W.; Hillewaert, H. (1999). Trace metals in selected benthic invertebrates from Belgian coastal waters (1981–1996). Mar. Pollut. Bull. 38(12): 1184-1193. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0025-326X(99)00156-3
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
Peer reviewed article  

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 279772 [ OMA ]

Keywords
    Benthos; Dredging; Heavy metals; Indicator species; Pollution monitoring; ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast [Marine Regions]; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Guns, M.
  • Van Hoeyweghen, P.
  • Vyncke, W., more
  • Hillewaert, H., more

Abstract
    Mercury, cadmium, lead, copper, zinc and chromium were assessed in brown shrimp (Crangon crangon), swimming crab (Liocarcinus holsatus), hermit crab (Pagurus bernhardus), starfish (Asterias rubens) and cut trough shell (Spisula subtruncata) from ten sampling stations off the Belgian coast, including three dredge spoils disposal sites. Calculations of time trends indicated that on the whole concentrations of trace metals had significantly decreased since 1981, also on dredged material dumping sites. Starfish and hermit crab were found to be the most promising benthic indicator species for metal contamination. Globally, the location of the sites, including the dredge spoils disposal zones, showed to be of little influence on the concentrations of trace metals.

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