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Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in small cetaceans in european waters : transport pathways and impact on reproduction (BIOCET)

Objective

This proposal aims to quantify and model the transport pathways and impact on reproduction of bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) by four species small cetaceans in European Atlantic waters. Following a 36-month work plan, a partnership 5 European countries will sample and analyse small cetaceans collected by standings networks. Females in good condition will provide samples for detailed individual studies while wider sampling and access to historical material will help quantity population parameters. Data will be collected on histopathology, age, reproduction, diet; POP and toxic element burdens. Reproductive success will be estimated from individual past-pregnancy indices and population pregnancy rates. Results will be synthesised to identify vulnerable populations and to produce simple empirical models of bioaccumulation in individuals from each population in relation to dietary inputs.

Coordinator

University of Aberdeen
Address
2 Tillydrone Avenue
AB9 2TN Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE SUR LES MAMMIFERES MARINS
France
Address
Port Des Minimes, Avenue Lazaret
17000 La Rochelle
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Eduardo Cabello 6
36208 Vigo
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Netherlands
Address
Darwinweg 2
2300 RA Leiden
NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SEA RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Landsdiep 4
1790 AB Den Burg
UNIVERSITE DE LA ROCHELLE
France
Address
Avenue De Lazaret
17042 La Rochelle
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
Western Road, Presentation Buildings
30 Cork