Contaminants in marine sediments and organisms from harbour areas in Harstad, Tromsø, Hammerfest and Honningsvåg, northern Norway 1997 - 98.

Updated 2000-10-24

Levels of selected contaminants have been determined in sediment, blue mussel, seeweed and fish from harbour areas in Harstad, Tromsø, Hammerfest and Honningsvåg in northern Norway. The following contaminants were included in the study: PAH, PCB, 5CB, HCB, OCS, HCH, DDT, DDE, DDD, TBT, Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb, Zn and Li. A few samples were also analysed for dioxines (PCDD and PCDF), non-ortho PCBs and PCN. The results were compared with the Norwegian State Pollution Control Authorities classification system for marine sediments (Molvær et al. 1997). Elevated (and in most cases very high) levels of most of the measured contaminants were found in all the investigated harbour areas.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1997 - 1999
Data collection
1997 - 1998
Data processing
1998 - 1999
Data reporting
1999 - 1999

Contact information

Contact person
Anita Evenset
Akvaplan-niva Polarmiljøsenteret 9296 Tromsø Norway
+47 777 50 300 / 50 311
+47 777 50 301
Other project contacts
Roger Velvin Akvaplan-niva Polarmiljøsenteret 9296 Tromsø Norway

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Heavy metals
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)
Marine benthos
Marine fish
Marine sediments
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Species sampled: blue mussel (Mytilus edulis), seeweed (Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesicolosus)


Regions studied
Marine TDC

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Marine TDC
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Jørgensen, E., R. Velvin & B. Killie 2000. Miljøgifter i marine sedimenter og organismer i havneområdene ved Harstad, Tromsø, Hammerfest og Honningsvåg 1997 - 98 (In Norwegian). SFT report 786/00. TA 1697/2000.
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

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.

Sediment and biota were sampled in accordance with relevant JAMP guidelines (OSPAR 1997 and OSPAR in prep.) Laboratories: Norwegian Institute for Water Research Unilab Analyse AS Norwegian Institute for Air Research

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

All laboratories are accredited for most of the analyses they were responsible for, according to EN 45001. The analyses that are not accredited were performed according to procedures comparable to those enforced in accredited analyses.

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

Norwegian Institute for Water Research Norwegian National Institute of Public Health Norwegian Food Control Authority

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