A practical ranking system to compare toxicity of anti-fouling paints
2006 (English)In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, E-ISSN 1879-3363, no 52, 1661-1667 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The toxicity of a number of new anti-fouling paints, claimed to function by physical means and not by leakage of toxic substances, have been tested on two common organisms in the Baltic Sea, i.e., the red macro alga Ceramium tenuicorne and the copepod Nitocra spinipes. In order to compare the toxicity between the paints a ranking system was developed based on the EC50- and LC50-values. The results showed a wide span in toxicity with the most toxic paints ranked 160 times more toxic than the ones ranked least toxic. Also, TBT, irgarol and diuron, which have been used as active ingredients in traditional anti-fouling paints, were used to evaluate the sensitivity of the two test organisms. The results showed that the test organisms were equally sensitive to the substances as similar organisms in earlier studies. In conclusion, the ranking system presented in this study permits ranking and comparison of total toxicity of complex mixtures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. no 52, 1661-1667 p.
Anti-fouling; Nitocra; Ceramium; Irgarol; Diuron; TBT
Research subject Ecotoxicology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29620DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2006.06.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-29620DiVA: diva2:234490