Chemicals of emerging concern in marine specimens of the German Environmental Specimen Bank

2020, Journals

Fliedner, Annette; Rüdel, Heinz; Dreyer, Annekatrin; Pirntke, Ulrike; Koschorreck, Jan
Environmental Sciences Europe 32 (2020), 36; online 2 March 2020


Descriptor 8 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (Directive 2008/56/EC) addresses the good environmental status with regard to pollution of marine waters by chemical contaminants. Commission decision (EU) 2017/848 lays down the criteria and methodological standards on good environmental status of marine waters. Member States, in regional or subregional cooperation, shall establish lists of relevant contaminants beside those already covered by the Water Framework Directive (WFD). To provide information on emerging contaminants in marine biota, the German Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) has compiled data of blue mussels and eelpouts from coastal sites in the North and Baltic Seas. Substances identified by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) as of emerging concern for the marine environment have been used as a starting point.

doi: 10.1186/s12302-020-00312-x