Macgregor, K, Oliver, IW, Harris, L and Ridgway, IM (2010) Persistent organic pollutants (PCB, DDT, HCH, HCB & BDE) in eels (Anguilla anguilla) in Scotland: current levels and temporal trends. Environmental Pollution, 158 (7). 2402 - 2411. ISSN 0269-7491

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Eels are an ideal biomonitor for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) because of their high lipid content, longevity and tendency to remain within a defined range during their freshwater life phase. This study investigated concentrations of POPs in eels (Anguilla anguilla) from 30 sites across Scotland, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs), DDT (and metabolites), hexachlorocyclohexanes (alpha, beta, gamma-HCH), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) and pentachlorobenzene. Despite its EU-wide ban approximately 30 years ago, DDT and its derivatives were detected in almost all samples. PCB 153 and 138 were the most widely detected PCB congeners, while BDE 47 was the dominant BDE. Pentachlorobenzene was not detected, while HCBD was detected once only. alpha-HCH, beta-HCH and HCB concentrations were very low (generally <3 microg/kg or below detection). When compared with 1986 and 1995 data, the results revealed considerable decreases in p,p'-DDE concentrations. More drastic reductions were evident for gamma-HCH, reflecting the tightening restrictions on pesticide use imposed over the previous decades.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Elsevier at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Persistent organic pollutants, BDE, PCB, European eel, Biota monitoring
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 08:54
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 08:54

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