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Tributyltin and the decline of the Norfolk Broads - CB01030

The use of tributyltin (TBT) anti-fouling paints are banned in fresh waters but to gauge the effectiveness of this measure it was necessary to establish the extent of the ecological impact of TBT on freshwater habitats. There is a correlation between the decline in molluscs in the late 1970s and the peak use of TBT.

This project investigates the links between boats, boat paints and the decline of Wroxham Broad by establishing a definitive chronology from a core collected in 2000 and relating its TBT inventory to biological remains (plant macrofossils, diatoms, molluscs, ostracods and cladocera).
Project Documents
• Final Report : Tributyltin (TBT) and the decline of the Norfolk Broads   (3826k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2001

Cost: £5,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Protection              
Hazardous substances              
Water Pollution              
Water quality monitoring              
Wildlife conservation              
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology