AMAP phase II- Faroe Islands, 2000, core program

Updated 2000-05-24

The project is meant to cover specific parts of AMAP phase II in the Faroe Islands. The project includes species from the marine and freshwater environment as well as biota from the terrestrial subprogram. The species chosen for the project are to be analysed for the environmental toxins that were termed essential in the guidelines of the circumpolar programme, but minor adjustments may occur. The selection of species to be analysed have been made so as so to elucidate the burden of contaminants in the local and often also traditional food, and at the same time it has been important to ensure comparability between countries in the AMAP area. The biota chosen are pilot whale, black guillemot, hare, sheep and lamb, arctic char and sculpin. In addition to this core program where the above-mentioned are analysed for the limited set of pollutants, certain special tasks have been planned. Examples on such special tasks are the analysis of mercury in sediment core profiles and investigation of the dioxin and POP burden in cows milk.

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2000 - 2003
Data collection
2000 - 2003
Data processing
2000 - 2003
Data reporting
2000 - 2003

Contact information

Contact person
Maria Dam
Food and Environmental Agency Debesartrøð FO-100 Tórshavn Faroe Islands
+298 31 53 00
+298 31 05 08
Other project contacts
Jóhanna Olsen Jacob P. Joensen

Parameters and Media

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

Specie; matrix: Pilot whale; blubber, muscle, kidney: Sculpin; liver: Black guillemot; eggs, liver: Arctic char (land-locked); muscle: Hare; liver: Sheep; liver


Regions studied
Terrestrial TDC

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Freshwater TDC
Marine TDC
Terrestrial TDC
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Larsen and Dam, 1999. AMAP Faroe Islands phase I, Food and Environmental Agency, Faroe Islands.
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

All samples are banked, at the Environmental Specimen Banking at the Food and Environmental Agency. Samples are stored in suitable containers (heated glass jars, PC containers or aluminiumlaminate) at -20oC for the future.

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.

Analyses for POPs are done either at the Centre de Toxicologie du Quebec (CTQ) or at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). Analyses for Hg and Cd are done at the lab. of the Food and Environmental Agency which is DANAK accredtitedfor these analyses (HS) and Se is analysed at the Dep. of Arctic Env. of the National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark (DMU-AM) or at the above-mentioned Canadian lab (CTQ).

QA/QC Information (what QA/QC procedures are implemented, laboratories involvment in QA/QC activities, model verification/validation routines, etc.)

The labs used are chosen because of their capabilities to deliver QA/QC results at competitive costs. The QA/QC used are different for the various labs, but in common for these is the deliverance of QA/QC information with the analyses reports (or upon request).

Additional Information

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