Mussel Monitoring Programme for Heavy Metals in European Seas

Datum objave: 30.03.2011

Kategorija: Aktualno na Univerzi

Ege University, Faculty of Fisheries

Contact Person

SUNLU, Ugur (Prof.)
Scientist in Marine Pollution and Water Quality Lab.
Ege University, Faculty of Fisheries
Telephone: +90-232-3884000
Fax: +90-232-3883685


Project Proposal

Title: Mussel Monitoring Programme for Heavy Metals in European Seas

Type Details: In marine ecosystem, heavy metals occur in the water mass, suspended particles, sediment and biota. The use of biological indicators to monitor environmental contamination by trace metals has many advantages over the measurement of metals in water samples, since their content of pollutants harmful to marine life and it represents a time integrated image of the bioavailability of a pollutant which is not affected by short term fluctuations in sea water. Trace elements, when discharged to the marine environment, will be transported by prevailing currents and removed by either physical, chemical or biological processes. Through absorption, ion exchange and complexing of chelation, trace elements are filtered by marine bivalves and picked up by particulate organic matter and settle on the bottom. So marine bivalves are known to accumulate high levels of metals, and are commonly used in monitoring studies. The aim of this project to determine the spatial and temporal trends of heavy metals in the economically important native mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis L,1758) along the Mediterranean and Black Sea (Mytilus edulis)along the other European Seas. Mussels are collected by hand at the mean low water on rocky substratum seasonally. Metals (Cu,Cd, Zn, Mn, Pb) are measured by an atomic absorption spectrophotometer equipped with a graphite furnace.

Programme (Collaboration EU R&D): FP6-SUSTDEV, FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Research Interest: Hydrobiology, marine biology, aquatic ecology, limnology

Expiry Date: 2012-03-08

Workprogramme area(s)

(FP7-ENVIRONMENT ENV-2.2.1) Marine resources

Target Partner

Expertise: I need partners who are expert on monitoring of heavy metal concentrations in some marine organisms


Organisation Details

Ege University, Faculty of Fisheries

Name: Ege University, Faculty of Fisheries

Department: Marine Biology

Address: Ege University
Faculty of Fisheries
Dept. of Hydrobiology

Izmir   35100 TURKEY

Type: Research; Education

Number of Employees: 250 -

Keywords: ;Hydrobiology;Marine biology;Marine pollution;Biomonitoring;Mussel watch;Heavy metal concentrations;European Seas

RCN: 60881

Quality Validation Date: 2011-03-09

Update Date: 2011-03-10