Cs baseline levels in the Mediterranean and Black Sea: A cross-basin survey of the CIESM Mediterranean Mussel Watch programme

Hervé Thébault, Alessia M. Rodriguez y Baena, Bruno Andral, Delko Barisic, José Benedicto Albaladejo, Alexandru S. Bologa, Redouane Boudjenoun, Roberta Delfanti, Victor N. Egorov, Tahar El Khoukhi, Heleni Florou, Goran Kniewald, Abdelkader Noureddine, Vasile Patrascu, Mai Khanh Pham, Alfonso Scarpato, Nikolay A. Stokozov, Sayhan Topcuoglu, Michel Warnau

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Abstract

The common mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis was selected as unique biomonitor species to implement a regional monitoring programme, the CIESM Mediterranean Mussel Watch (MMW), in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. As of today, and upon standardization of the methodological approach, the MMW Network has been able to quantify137Cs levels in mussels from 60 coastal stations and to produce the first distribution map of this artificial radionuclide at the scale of the entire Mediterranean and Black Seas. While measured137Cs levels were found to be very low (usually <1 Bq kg-1wet wt)137Cs activity concentrations in the Black Sea and North Aegean Sea were up to two orders of magnitude higher than those in the western Mediterranean Basin. Such effects, far from representing a threat to human populations or the environment, reflect a persistent signature of the Chernobyl fallout in this area. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801 - 806
Number of pages6
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume57
Issue number6-12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution

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Thébault, H., Rodriguez y Baena, A. M., Andral, B., Barisic, D., Albaladejo, J. B., Bologa, A. S., ... Warnau, M. (2008). Cs baseline levels in the Mediterranean and Black Sea: A cross-basin survey of the CIESM Mediterranean Mussel Watch programme. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 57(6-12), 801 - 806. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.11.010