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Title: Monitoring of Shellfish Growing Areas - 1994
Authors: Nixon, E
McLaughlin, D
Rowe, A
Smyth, M
Keywords: Leaflet
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Department of the Marine
Citation: Nixon, E., McLaughlin, D., Rowe, A. & Smyth, M., "Monitoring of Shellfish Growing Areas - 1994", Irish Fisheries Leaflet, Department of the Marine 1995
Series/Report no.: Irish Fisheries Leaflet;166
Abstract: To fulfil the monitoring requirements of the 1979 Council Directive 79/923/EC on the water quality of shellfish waters, water and shellfish samples were collected from 19 major shellfish-growing areas and analysed for physicochemical parameters and chemical contaminants. At each site temperature, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen measurements were made and the area was inspected for the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons. Water samples were collected for suspended solids determinations. A representative sample of the shellfish from each area was collected and returned to the laboratory for metal and chlorinated hydrocarbon analyses. As in previous years, the water quality was good and conformed to guidelines and requirements of the Directive. Petroleum hydrocarbons were not observed in any of the shellfish waters or as deposits on the shellfish. Chlorinated hydrocarbon levels were very low, evidence of the clean, unpolluted nature of Irish shellfish and shellfish producing waters. Mercury and lead levels were consistently low, however, levels of cadmium in oysters from a number of areas were above average but did not exceed the Dutch human consumption tolerance value. It is known that oysters accumulate metals more readily than mussels and, considering the remoteness of many of these areas, the elevated cadmium levels are not considered to be anthropogenic in origin.
ISSN: 0332-1789
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