Concentrations of selected metals and organic contaminants in mussels in the north-east Atlantic Ocean (A), Mediterranean Sea (B) and herring (muscle) for the Baltic Sea (C).

Figure Created 12 Nov 2009 Published 12 Nov 2009 Last modified 29 Nov 2012
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It should be noted that the lack of consistent or reliable data from the marine conventions or EEA counties inhibits adequate assessment of concentrations and trends of hazardous substances in European marine water


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Aggregated data do not necessarily convey the uncertainty these problems cause. A minimum of 10 mussels and 3 herring stations were used. *)Comparisons are based on average of yearly regional and adjusted medians for the indicated time periods. For the 1990-1992 period for DDT in mussels from NE Atlantic there is only data from 1992.
Geographical coverage note: Nort-east Atlantic Ocean, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea

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