Petroleum and PAH contamination of the Black Sea

J W Readman, G Fillmann, I Tolosa, J Bartocci, J P Villeneuve, C Catinni, Laurence Mee

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Abstract

Concern has been expressed regarding the extent of contamination of the Black Sea. Analyses of coastal sediments taken from throughout the region indicate, however, that levels of petroleum hydrocarbons (2-300 mug g(-1) dry wt total hydrocarbons) are generally comparable to those encountered in the Mediterranean and are lower than concentrations reported for highly contaminated areas such as the Gulf, Hong Kong, Taiwan and New York Bight. Highest concentrations of total hydrocarbons (> 100 mug g(-1) dry wt) were associated with discharges from Odessa, Sochi and the River Danube. Chronic/degraded petroleum was the major contributor at these sites. Samples from the Ukrainian coastline were comparatively clean (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-62
Number of pages15
JournalMAR POLLUT BULL
Volume44
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • 1991 WAR
  • POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC-HYDROCARBONS
  • SURFACE SEDIMENTS
  • Environmental Sciences
  • ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • CONTINENTAL-SHELF
  • MARINE-SEDIMENTS
  • COASTAL SEDIMENTS
  • SURFICIAL SEDIMENTS
  • ESTUARINE SEDIMENTS
  • MEDITERRANEAN-SEA

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    Readman, J. W., Fillmann, G., Tolosa, I., Bartocci, J., Villeneuve, J. P., Catinni, C., & Mee, L. (2002). Petroleum and PAH contamination of the Black Sea. MAR POLLUT BULL, 44(1), 48-62.