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Endocrine disruption in the marine environment: (sand gobies) - CB01010

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. FRS Marine Laboratory, an agency of the Scottish Executive, participated along with 4 other contractors. The Laboratory was asked to investigate the effects of sewage effluent and other suspect materials on breeding success in sand gobies. The Laboratory investigated the viability of sand goby offspring exposed to these substances and was asked ot identify and quantify the endocrine disrupting components of the wastes under study.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Endocrine disruption in the marine environment (EDMAR)   (23k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 2001

Cost: £155,550
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Marine Laboratory - Aberdeen
Endocrine Disruptors              
Environmental Protection              
Hazardous substances              
Marine Impacts              
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology