Preliminary evaluation of the occurrence of herbicides and PAHs in the Wet Tropics region of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, using passive samplers

Shaw, Melanie and Müller, Jochen F. (2005) Preliminary evaluation of the occurrence of herbicides and PAHs in the Wet Tropics region of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, using passive samplers. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 51 8-12: 876-881. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.04.015


Author Shaw, Melanie
Müller, Jochen F.
Title Preliminary evaluation of the occurrence of herbicides and PAHs in the Wet Tropics region of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, using passive samplers
Journal name Marine Pollution Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-326X
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.04.015
Volume 51
Issue 8-12
Start page 876
End page 881
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Pergamon-Elsevier Science
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730210 Environmental health
Abstract The proximity of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park to areas of intensive agriculture and increasing urbanisation places the park under potential threat of contamination by land-based pollutants. Passive samplers were deployed at inshore reef and river mouth sites in the Wet Tropics region of the GBR during a dry and a wet season to measure levels of land-based organic pollutants in this environment. Two types of passive sampling devices were deployed: (i) a polar sampler, which can be used to monitor polar herbicides and (ii) semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs) which sequester more hydrophobic compounds (e.g. PAHs, chlorpyrifos). Herbicides (diuron, simazine, atrazine, hexazinone and/or flumeturon) were detected at low concentrations (ng L-1) at all sites sampled and in both seasons. Chlorpyrifos was not detected while PAHs were present in SPMDs at levels below limits of detection. The results show that the GBR environment does contain low levels of organic pollutants and that passive sampling provides a sensitive monitoring tool for measuring waterborne organic pollutants. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Environmental Sciences
Marine & Freshwater Biology
Water Quality
Passive Sampling
Pollution
Herbicides
Pahs
Great Barrier Reef
Semipermeable-membrane Devices
Aromatic-hydrocarbons
Sediments
Pesticides
Residues
Waters
Corals
Fish
Q-Index Code C1

 
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