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Biological Effects of Contaminants on Estuarine Organisms (CDEP 84/5/312) - ME3106

Summary Objectives:
To extend, within the framework of the UK National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP), observations on the prevalence of external diseases, parasites and hepatic pathology in selected estuarine fish and shellfish species from a range of 'contaminated' and 'reference' locations in the UK. Determine the utility of using shellfish species (molluscs and crustaceans) as bioindicators of contaminant effects.
Specifically, to identify pathological lesions and markers of geotoxic damage that may be used for monitoring purposes.
Implement the use of parasite fauna of target fish and shellfish species as an ecological quality indicators.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Final Report   (9023k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2005

Cost: £315,498
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Biological Effects              
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Marine Monitoring              
Molecular Biology              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine