Pollution (EO 9)

Contaminants cause no significant impact on coastal and marine ecosystems and human health

Ecological Objective 9 (EO9) Definition:

Contaminants cause no significant impact on coastal and marine ecosystems and human health

Key Messages:

  • Concentrations of key harmful contaminants (CI 17) indicate generally acceptable levels of heavy metals assessed from bivalves and fish, with lead in 10% of stations above threshold levels in mussels. [...]
  • Level of pollution effects of key contaminants (CI 18) results are generally not comparable, as biological effects monitoring tools are still in a research phase [...]
  • Occurrence, origin, extent of acute pollution events (e.g. slicks from oil, oil products and hazardous substances), and their impact on biota (CI 19) indicate that accidents rates have gone down regionally [...]
  • Regular datasets were unavailable to perform an assessment on levels of contaminants in commonly consumed seafood (CI 20), although from the review available studies, there is no major significant concerns or extreme high levels [...]
  • There is a lack of recent datasets on microbiological pollution (CI 21) submitted to the MAP Secretariat and regular reporting of data in line with IMAP is required to assess that levels of intestinal enterococci comply with established standards for GES [...]
  • Regular monitoring and reporting of quality assured data for CI17 and CI 21 to MED POL database need to continue [...]

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