Assessment of Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in freshwater, estuarine and marine surface sediment associated with various land-uses in Australia

Toms, L-M. L., Mortimer, M., Symons, R. K., Paepke, O. and Mueller, J. F. (2007). Assessment of Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in freshwater, estuarine and marine surface sediment associated with various land-uses in Australia. In: , 4th International Workshop on Brominated Flame Retardants. BFR 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (xx-xx). 24 - 27 April, 2007.


Author Toms, L-M. L.
Mortimer, M.
Symons, R. K.
Paepke, O.
Mueller, J. F.
Title of paper Assessment of Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in freshwater, estuarine and marine surface sediment associated with various land-uses in Australia
Conference name BFR 2007
Conference location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference dates 24 - 27 April, 2007
Convener de Boer, J.
Proceedings title 4th International Workshop on Brominated Flame Retardants
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Publisher International Workshop on Brominated Flame Retardants
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page xx
End page xx
Total pages 4
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are incorporated into a variety of manufactured products to reduce flammability. Aquatic sediments provide a final sink for persistent organic pollutants such as PBDEs. This is concerning since PBDEs have the potential to bioaccumulate and biomagnify and food intake has been suggested as one of the major routes of human exposure (Wijesekera et al., 2002) with ingestion of aquatic organisms such as fish and shellfish resulting in the highest intake of PBDEs compared to other food groups (Darnerud et al., 2006, Kiviranta et al., 2004). Prior to the current study, no data were available on PBDE contamination in the Australian aquatic environment. However, after finding unexpectedly elevated PBDE concentrations in human milk and blood sera from Australia with concentrations higher than found in Europe but lower than found in North America (Harden et al., 2004, Harden et al., 2005) it was decided to investigate PBDEs in the Australian environment. This study aimed to obtain background data on PBDE concentrations and congener profiles in sediment from samples representing various Australian locations. The sampling plan was designed to allow assessment of PBDE concentrations by salinity and land-use type.
Subjects E1
300803 Natural Resource Management
300804 Environmental Impact Assessment
321201 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
760299 Environmental and resource evaluation not elsewhere classified
Q-Index Code E1
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