Organic substances in biota

Updated 2011-01-17

National Environmental Monitoring in Sweden. Monitoring of persistent organic compounds (POP) in fish. Monitoring proceeds in 110 lakes in entire Sweden (10 lakes are located in AMAP area) annually. Three fish species are selected: Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), Northern pike (Esox lucius), and Perch (Perca fluviatilis). Fish are sampled, prepared, and stored in the specimen bank in Swedish Museum of Natural History. POP like PCB, HCH, HCB, DDT, PBDE are analysed.

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:

Fish sampling and organic substances analyse and monitoring are proceed in cooperation with Stockholm University, The Institute of Applied Environmental Research (ITM). Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL)- participate in data management and reporting. The Swedish Board of Fisheries (FV) takes part in Swedish Environmental Monitoring and collects the freshwater fish data from Swedish lakes (in NORS programme)

Time frame

Project time span
1981 - 2099
Data collection
1981 - 2010
Data processing
1981 - 2010
Data reporting
1981 - 2010

Contact information

Contact person
Anders Bignert
Museum of Natural History Gruppen för miljögiftsövervakning Box 50007 104 05 Stockholm Sweden
+46 8 5195 4115
+46 8 5195 4256
Other project contacts
Ylva Lind Department of Contaminant Research Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) see also: Jonas Rodhe Swedish Environmental Protection Agency S-106 48 Stockholm, Sweden, Phone: +4610 608 1307 e-mail: and Axel Hullberg, e-mail: lrika Stensdotter Blomberg, e-mail:

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Freshwater fish
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Muscle samples from collected 50 individues of Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), Northern pike (Esox lucius) and Perch (Perca fluviatilis) are analyzed.


Regions studied
Arctic, Circumpolar
Stations or areas where observations are made

Lakes in AMAP area: Abiskojaure (X:758208, Y:61749), Stor-Tjulträsket (X:731799, Y:151196), Storvindeln (X:728271, Y:157578), Brännträsket (X:728095, Y:175926).

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Data are available on the webside of Swedish Environmental Research Institutes (IVL):; and directly from Eva Brorström-Lundén, Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Box 47086, 402 58 Göteborg, tel: +46 31 725 62 30, e-mail:; Katarina Hansson Phone: +4631-7256200 E-mail: Samplings data are available on Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) webpage:
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Comments Concerning the National Swedish Monitoring Programme in Fresh Water Biota. Compiled by Anders Bignert Contaminant Research Group Swedish Museum of Natural History, 2002-10-25. See also Swedish EPA webside:; Swedish Museum of Natural History webside:, Sidan senast uppdaterad: 2009-09-22
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Ylva Lind Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), Dept, of Contaminant Research PO Box 50007 SE 104 05 Stockholm, Phone: +468 51954111 and on the webside:;

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Environmental Specimen Bank's (ESB) methods are available on NRM website:

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Swedish EPA; Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Box 47086, 402 58 Göteborg; Swedish Board of Fisheries (Fiskeriverket) (

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?


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