BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IN MARINE COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS

BEEP PROJECT - EVK3 CT2000-00025

Summary

Contamination of coastal environment by chemical contaminants such as hydrocarbons (oil spills, wastes), pesticides (crop treatment), heavy metals and various organic pollutants in dredged sediments and waste waters is a major environmental concern.

Biological effects monitoring is an important element in management and monitoring Programes which aim at assessing the quality of the marine environment. Such a monitoring approach is able to detect links between contaminants and ecological responses.

Biological effects monitoring was identified as a topic of common interest by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), European Environment Agency (EEA), Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) and Oslo and Paris Commissions (OSPAR) and within the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) and UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP).

The Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution in Marine Coastal Ecosystems-Beep Project involves collaboration between groups from the different EU member states and associated states, with complementary capabilities. It will establish an integrated network of European laboratories with the common objective of studying biological markers under chemical stress in marine organisms distributed along the North Atlantic Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean coasts.

Objectives

The research Programe Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution in Marine Coastal Ecosystems-Beep is an interdisciplinary project as a consequence of its focus on scientific interfaces between chemistry, biology, biochemistry and ecotoxicology.

HOW BIOLOGICAL MARKERS MAY BE USED TO DETERMINE THE INCIDENCE OF CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION ON MARINE ORGANISMS IN MONITORING PROGRAMS?

Scientific goals of the project

Socio-economic goals of the project

The Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution in Marine Coastal Ecosystems-Beep project will provide a comprehensive and integrated study between :

  • Different biomarkers at different levels of organizations (from cellular level to reproduction level).
  • Different biomarkers at different stage of development (from research biomarker) developed in the lab to validated biomarkers in the field.
  • Different set of data produced into three different European coastal environment (North Atlantic Sea, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea).
  • Pollution impacts and activity of user group of marine resources.

THIS PROJECT WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE DETERMINATION OF CRITICAL CHEMICAL POLLUTION LEVELS THAT HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE FUNCTION AND BIODIVERSITY OF MARINE ORGANISMS.

Expected results

 

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