Organophosphorus flame retardants (PFRs) and plasticisers in harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded or bycaught in the UK during 2012

A Papachlimitzou, JL Barber, S Losada, P Bersuder, R Deaville, A Brownlow, R Penrose, PD Jepson, RJ Law

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Abstract

A suite of twenty organophosphorus flame retardant compounds have been determined in blubber and liver tissue of twenty harbour porpoises stranded or bycaught in the UK during 2012 in order to establish current levels of contamination. Fourteen of the twenty compounds were below the limits of quantification in all samples. Six could be quantified at maximum concentrations (in blubber) between 6.7 and 246 lg kg 1 wet weight. These levels do not suggest a high level of concern regarding potential impacts and do not indicate that routine monitoring in UK porpoises is warranted at this time. Crown Copyright 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328 - 334
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 19 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Blubber
  • Harbour porpoise
  • Liver
  • Organophosphorus flame retardants
  • Organophosphorus plasticisers

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