Flame retardants (PBDEs) contamination of marine turtles, dugongs and seafood from Queensland, Australia

Hermanussen, S., Matthews, V., Papke, O., Limpus, C. J. and Gaus, C. (2008) Flame retardants (PBDEs) contamination of marine turtles, dugongs and seafood from Queensland, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 57 6-12: 409-418. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.01.003


Author Hermanussen, S.
Matthews, V.
Papke, O.
Limpus, C. J.
Gaus, C.
Title Flame retardants (PBDEs) contamination of marine turtles, dugongs and seafood from Queensland, Australia
Journal name Marine Pollution Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-326X
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.01.003
Volume 57
Issue 6-12
Start page 409
End page 418
Total pages 10
Editor Charles Sheppard
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Subject 270702 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Abstract Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are used as flame retardants in numerous products. These compounds have been found to enter the marine environment where they have the potential to bioaccumulate in biota. Limited information is currently available concerning the levels of PBDEs in Australian marine wildlife. This study presents baseline information on PBDE levels in a variety of marine species from Queensland, Australia and considers the influence of species-specific factors on contaminant levels and tissue distribution in marine turtles. Overall, the PBDE levels measured in this study are relatively low compared to marine biota from the northern hemisphere, indicating low level input into the marine system of Queensland. This is in general agreement with global estimates which suggest low PBDE usage in Australia. Previous studies, however, have found relatively high PBDE levels in Australian human milk and sera. This discrepancy in contamination trends between terrestrial and marine biota Suggests that future transport of PBDEs may occur to the marine system in Australia.
Keyword Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Tissue distribution
Fish
Marine turtles
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Presented at 5th International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology, 3-6 June 2007, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

 
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