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Toxicokinetics of contaminants in marine animals and development of biomarkers for exposure monitoring - AE0608

R&D Summary objective: Undertake a literature survey on the uptake and biotransformation of heavy metals and organochlorinated compounds in marine mammals, and report on the objectives and sensitivity of biomarkers in marine mammals. Key customer purpose:- Through a desk study assess the impact of persistent contaminants on top predators and their use as biomarkers, thus developing MAFF's ability to assess and regulate waste discharges into the marine environment.
1) To conduct a comprehensive literature survey on the uptake and biotransformation (toxicokinetics) of contaminants in marine mammals. 2) To assess the effectiveness of selected hormonal and biochemical biomarkers for detecting responses of marine mammals to contaminant exposure.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1994

To: 1995

Cost: £16,463
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Sea Mammal Research Unit
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine