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Endocrine disruption in the marine environment: - CB01009

The Endocrine Disruption in the Marine Environment (EDMAR) programme sought to investigate the extent and severity of endocrine disrupting effects in the marine environment and the causes. The participating contractors have developed a suite of methods for detecting endocrine disruption in marine fish and invertebrates taking into account possible effects of androgenic and oestrogenic substances. These methods are intended for wide application and within EDMAR have been used to survey whether endocrine disruption is occurring and if so the scale and extent. The programme also aimed to investigate implications of the impact of identified endocrine disruption at the population level, identify causes and sources of contamination and produce computerised models predicting population level consequences from the field and laboratory observations.

DEFRA funded the programme jointly with other departments, agencies and outside industry. CEFAS and 4 other contractors participated. CEFAS was asked to develop a biolmaker for androgenic exposure in the 3-spine stickleback, using this and other biomarkers for surveys of endocrine disruption. CEFAS was also asked to identify and quantify endocrine disrupting activity, carry out field studies on the impacts on salmon, compile the information obtained throughout the programme and develop predictive population models.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Endocrine disruption in the marine environment (EDMAR)   (23k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 2002

Cost: £700,125
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Endocrine Disruptors              
Environmental Protection              
Hazardous substances              
Marine Impacts              
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology