Suspension of TBT-contaminated sediment causes physiologicalstress in macroalgae and blue mussels
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Tributyltin is a toxic compound that has been used in antifouling paint for boats andships. Due to the immediate toxic effects at very low concentrations it was banned in many countries in 1986. Due to its slow degradation it is expected to be stored in the sediment for many decades. This experiment simulated a small boat harbour with frequent resuspension events of TBT-contaminated sediment to measure the impacts onthe release, bioavailability and effects of tributyltin. Physiological stress responses were measured in two coastal species, the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, and the red algaCeramium tenuicorne. Response variables measured were respiration, ammonia excretion, clearance rate and survival rate (for mussels) and growth inhibition (for thealga). Resuspension released both dissolved and particle-bound TBT to the surrounding water and made it bioavailable for both organisms. There was a clear toxic effect of the highest concentrations and it was evident that both mussels and algae showed a fasterand more negative response when the sediment was suspended. Repeated or continuous exposure to suspended TBT-contaminated sediment can exert a risk to the organisms living in environments such as harbours.
Research subject Marine Ecotoxicology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98407DiVA: diva2:684729
ProjectsBaltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management, BEAM