Effects of metals and POPs on marine fish species

Updated 2000-10-23

To clarify whether metals and/or POPs affect marine fish species - Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:

Part of the Norwegian JAMP

Time frame

Project time span
2000 - 2002
Data collection
2000 - 2002
Data processing
2000 - 2002
Data reporting
2001 - 2002

Contact information

Contact person
Norman Green
NIVA P.O.Box 173, Kjelsås N-0411 Oslo Norway
+47 22 18 51 64
+47 22 18 52 00

Parameters and Media

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

liver, blood and bile


Regions studied
Marine TDC
Marine TDC
Stations or areas where observations are made

JAMP-stations 11 (Kirkenes) and 98 (Svolvær)

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Marine TDC
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
The data will be made available to AMAP at the completion of each year's National Comments to OSPAR
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Processed samples stored at NIVA

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.

(1) tissue sampled from fish and stored/transported in liguid nitrogen (2) liver sample homogenised in buffer and cytosolic fractions separated (3) metallothionein analysed in cytosolic fraction, cytochrome P4501A in microsomal fraction (4) protein determined in both fraction and in blood cells (see below) by spectrophotometric method (5) PAH metabolites analysed in bile by HPLC with a flourometric detector (6) ALA-D activity in red blood cells analysed

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

NIVA is a partner in the BEQUALM programme (EU-funded) and lead country for metallothionein and ALA-D analyses. We organise international intercalibration programmes for MT and ALA-D. We participate in programmes for EROD (cytochrome P4501A activity) and PAH metabolites in bile.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

OSPAR, data stored in ICES database

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