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Asian developing regions: persistent organic pollutants in the seas
Tanabe, S. (2000). Asian developing regions: persistent organic pollutants in the seas, in: Sheppard, C.R.C. (Ed.) Seas at the millennium: an environmental evaluation: 2. Regional chapters: The Indian Ocean to The Pacific. pp. 447-462
In: Sheppard, C.R.C. (Ed.) (2000). Seas at the millennium: an environmental evaluation: 2. Regional chapters: The Indian Ocean to The Pacific. Pergamon: Amsterdam. ISBN 0-08-043207-7. XXI, 920 pp., more

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  • Tanabe, S.

Abstract
    This chapter provides an overview of the status of contamination and toxic impacts of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as butyltins (BTs) and organochlorines (OCs) in the coastal waters and open seas of the Asian developing regions. BTs were detected in a wide range of environmental media and biota from Asian coastal waters, indicating a widespread contamination by these compounds even in developing countries. Several studies have also made clear the existence of significant OC contamination in the coastal waters and open seas of tropical Asian countries in recent years. It has been also pointed out that OCs used in the tropical regions disperse on a global scale by long-range atmospheric transport and deposit in colder regions. This feature of contamination has led to high accumulation and toxic effects in marine mammals. Continuous monitoring studies of POPs in the aquatic environment of Asia-Pacific region are needed to effectively address pollution problems affecting the health of oceans.

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