Reports

Pollution monitoring in the marine environment around Iceland 2007 and 2008 / Monitoring of the marine biosphere around Iceland 2007 and 2008

Published:

01/08/2009

Authors:

Hrönn Ólína Jörundsdóttir, Sasan Rabieh, Hulda Soffía Jónasdóttir, Þuríður Ragnarsdóttir, Helga Gunnlaugsdóttir

Supported by:

Ministry of the Environment & Ministry of Fisheries

Pollution monitoring in the marine environment around Iceland 2007 and 2008 / Monitoring of the marine biosphere around Iceland 2007 and 2008

This report presents the results of the Ministry of the Environment's annual monitoring project for the years 2007 and 2008. The aim of this monitoring is to fulfill Iceland's obligations regarding the Oslo and Paris Agreement (OSPAR), as well as the AMAP (Artic Monitoring Assessment Program). The data has been sent to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) database. The Marine Research Institute collects samples and Matís oversees the preparation of samples and measurements of trace elements in the marine environment. The samples are measured at Matís and at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Various inorganic trace elements and chloro-organic substances were measured in cod caught in Hafró's annual spring rally in March 2008 and in mussels collected at 11 locations around the country in August / September 2007. Monitoring in the marine environment around Iceland began in 1989 and data are collected in database, the report provides overview images for some of the materials monitored.

This report contains results of the annual monitoring of the biosphere around Iceland in 2007 and 2008. The project, overseen by the Environmental and Food Agency of Iceland, is to fulfill the OSPAR (Oslo and Paris agreement) and AMAP (Arctic Monitoring Assessment Program) agreements. The data has been submitted to the ICES databank (ices.dk), collection of data began 1989. Matís ohf is the coordinator for marine biota monitoring and is responsible for methods relating to sampling, preparation and analysis of samples. The samples were analyzed at the Matís and at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Iceland. Trace metals and organochlorines were analyzed in cod (Gadus morhua) caught in March 2008 and in blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) collected in August / Sept 2007. Marine monitoring began in Iceland 1989.

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