Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP) (CEMP)

Updated 2012-07-26

To assess the effects, levels and trends of hazardous substances in marine sediment and biota. The indicator organisms include blue mussel, dogwhelk, cod and plaice. The monitoring sites are mostly coastal and the frequency of sampling is mostly annually for biota and every 10-15 years for sediment. Main gaps: Protected areas and offshore monitoring are generally not included under the CEMP but offshore monitoring is somewhat covered by. IMR/NIFES programmes. Not all substances under EU’s Water Frame Work Directive and Marine Strategy Directive are monitored regularly. Biological effects monitoring is lacking except for IMPOSEX investigations.

Time frame

Project time span
1992 -
Data collection
1992 -
Data processing
1992 -
Data reporting
1992 -

Contact information

Contact person
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At Norwegian Protection Control Authority (NPCA): Ola Glesne ( The programme is operated by Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) on behalf of NPCA. Contact person: Norman Green (
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Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied
Norwegian Sea
Norwegian Sea
Norwegian Sea

Data availability

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.

Substances include heavy metals, organo-tin compounds and persistant organic pollutants including PCBs, PAHs, HCB, DDTs, pesticides, and to a lesser degree PFC, BFR and degree dioxins.

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 Pollution Control Authority (NPCA), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

NIVA is directly involved in sampling, analyses and imposex investigations. Networks: Oslo and Paris Conventions for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) (ICES), EU Water framework directive (EU Water directive)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project


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