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Determination of VOCs in yellow eel from various inland water bodies in Flanders (Belgium)
Roose, P.; Van Thuyne, G.; Belpaire, C.; Raemaekers, M.; Brinkman, U.A.Th. (2003). Determination of VOCs in yellow eel from various inland water bodies in Flanders (Belgium). J. Environ. Monit. 5(6): 876-884. hdl.handle.net/10.1039/b307862k
In: Journal of Environmental Monitoring. The Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge. ISSN 1464-0325, more
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  • Roose, P.; Van Thuyne, G.; Belpaire, C.; Raemaekers, M.; Brinkman, U.A.Th. (2005). Determination of VOCs in yellow eel from various inland water bodies in Flanders (Belgium), in: Roose, P. Volatile organic compounds and related microcontaminants in the Scheldt estuary and the southern North Sea: method development and monitoring. pp. 183-200, more

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  • Raemaekers, M., more
  • Brinkman, U.A.Th., more

Abstract
    Twenty eel from various inland water bodies in Flanders (Belgium) were analysed for a total of 52 VOCs. The most prominent VOCs are the BTEX and a number of chlorinated compounds such as chloroform and tetrachloroethene. The observed levels could be linked to the major emission sources and the present study gives new evidence that combustion of fossil fuels is a major source of BTEX in the environment. The concentrations in eel seem to be a reflection of the actual concentrations in their environment. For fish from the same location similar patterns and concentrations were observed, and the concentrations agree with what can be expected from those of the water column. Generally speaking, the observed concentrations do not seem to pose a threat for organisms. More definite statements will, however, require a larger dataset. The study suggests that yellow eel can possibly be used as a biomonitor or sentinel organism for VOCs.

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