CIESM Workshop Monographs, n°19:

Metal and radionuclides bioaccumulation in marine organisms
Ancona (Italy), 27-30 October 2002, 126 p. (354 ref.)


This illustrated report is based on a CIESM Research Workshop which took place in late October 2002. The document reviews the current state of knowledge in this active field and offers recommendations for future directions of research. While many of the recommendations are specific to the Mediterranean region, the findings are applicable to other regions as well and will be of interest to marine scientists worldwide. This is one of the first documents anywhere to put together a critical synthesis on metal bioaccumulation in marine organisms that considers analytical, geochemical, and toxicological aspects of metal-biota interactions in the oceans.

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I - Executive summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Metal bioavailability
  3. Analytical chemistry considerations
  4. Monitoring implications for understanding bioaccumulation processes
  5. Toxicological considerations
  6. Closing comments - Further directions for research
II - Workshop communications

Influence of metal speciation on metal bioaccumulation
- Predicting metal bioavailability – applicability of the Biotic Ligand Model.
Peter G.C. Campbell

- Physiology, physicochemistry and the uptake of dissolved trace metals by crustaceans.
Phil Rainbow

- Metal bioavailability and bioaccumulation in the marine environment: methodological questions.
Michael O. Angelidis and Vassiliki-Angelique Catsiki

- Trace metal bioavailability in saline waters - Field experiments.
Niksa Odzak

- Transfer of radionuclides and organic matter in the Rhone delta coastal zone studied with large field-deployed mesocosms.
Hervé Thébault1 and Elisabeth Alliot

- Réponse de certains paramètres biochimiques chez la moule méditerranéenne Mytilus galloprovincialis à la pollution métallique.
Abdellatif Moukrim

- Mercury, cadmium, lead and zinc bioaccumulation in soft-bottom marine macrophytes from the East coast of Spain.
Carles Sanchiz, Antonio M. GarcÍa-Carrascosa and AgustÍn Pastor

- Bioaccumulation of heavy metals and radionuclides in the Posidonia oceanica meadow, an endemic Mediterranean ecosystem.
Michel Warnau

Fluxes and models
- Role of plankton in controlling fluxes and residence times of metals and radionuclides in the sea.
Scott W. Fowler

- Models for the bioaccumulation of metals in aquatic organisms.
Ronny Blust

Consequences of bioaccumulation
- Processes affecting trophic transfer and resultant effects of metals: implications for monitoring metal pollution in the sea.
Samuel N. Luoma

- Effects of heavy metals on signal transduction and consequent toxic effects.
A. Viarengo, B. Burlando, and F. Dondero

- Metal speciation in cephalopods: implications for bioaccumulation in marine top predators.
P. Bustamante and F. Caurant

- Unusual bioaccumulation of arsenic in the polychaete Sabella spallanzanii and oxidative damages of metals in marine invertebrates.
R. Bocchetti, D. Fattorini, S. Gorbi, N. Machella, and F. Regoli

Mercury – an important special case
- Bioaccumulation of inorganic and organic mercury and organolead compounds in marine organisms.
Nevenka Mikac

- Scope of methylmercury turnover in organisms: towards a general model of biokinetics?
Markus Meili