Anthropogenic impact on marine ecosystem health: a comparative multiproxy investigation of recent sediments in coastal waters

Anna Filipkowska , Ludwik Lubecki , Małgorzata Szymczak-Żyła , Tomasz M. Ciesielski , Bjørn M. Jenssen , Murat V. Ardelan , Hanna Mazur-Marzec , Gijs D. Breedveld , Amy M. P. Oen , Anna Zamojska , Grażyna Kowalewska


Hazardous substances entering the sea, and ultimately deposited in bottom sediments, pose a growing threat to marine ecosystems. The present study characterized two coastal areas exposed to significant anthropogenic impact - Gulf of Gdańsk (Poland), and Oslofjord/Drammensfjord (Norway) - by conducting a multi-proxy investigation of recent sediments, and comparing the results in light of different available thresholds for selected contaminants. Sediment samples were analyzed for benzo(a)pyrene (B(a)P) and other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nonylphenols (NPs), organotin compounds (OTs), toxic metals (Cd, Hg, Pb), as well as mutagenic, genotoxic and endocrine-disrupting activities (in CALUX bioassays). In general, a declining trend in the deposition of contaminants was observed. Sediments from both basins were not highly contaminated with PAHs, NPs and metals, while OT levels may still give rise to concern in the Norwegian fjords. The results suggest that the contamination of sediments depends also on water/sediment conditions in a given region.
Author Anna Filipkowska
Anna Filipkowska,,
, Ludwik Lubecki
Ludwik Lubecki,,
, Małgorzata Szymczak-Żyła
Małgorzata Szymczak-Żyła,,
, Tomasz M. Ciesielski
Tomasz M. Ciesielski,,
, Bjørn M. Jenssen
Bjørn M. Jenssen,,
, Murat V. Ardelan
Murat V. Ardelan,,
, Hanna Mazur-Marzec (FOG / IO / DMarB)
Hanna Mazur-Marzec,,
- Division of Marine Biotechnology
, Gijs D. Breedveld
Gijs D. Breedveld,,
, Amy M. P. Oen
Amy M. P. Oen,,
, Anna Zamojska (FM / DE)
Anna Zamojska,,
- Department of Econometrics
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Journal seriesMarine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishsediment, organic contaminants, metals, CALUX, Oslofjord, Gulf of Gdańsk
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 40.0, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.241 (2) - 2017=3.767 (5)
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