Organic substances in biota

Updated 2017-10-18

National Environmental Monitoring in Sweden. The monitoring of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in fish is performed in 110 lakes in Sweden and annual sampling is carried out in 32 lakes, of which 7 are located in or close to the AMAP area. Three fish species have been selected: Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), Northern pike (Esox lucius), and Perch (Perca fluviatilis). Fish are sampled, prepared, and stored in the Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM). PCB, HCH, HCB, DDT, DDE, PFAS and PBDE are some of the POPs that are analysed.

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

Fish sampling and organic substances analyse and monitoring are performed in cooperation with Stockholm University, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) and the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources (SLU Aqua) takes part in the Swedish environmental monitoring and collects the freshwater fish data from Swedish lakes as a part of the NORS programme (National Register of Survey test-fishing).

Time frame

Project time span
1968 - 2099
Data collection
1968 - 2017
Data processing
1968 - 2017
Data reporting
1968 - 2017

Contact information

Contact person
Anders Bignert

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Environmental Research and Monitoring Box 50007, 104 05 Stockholm Sweden

+46 8 5195 4115
Other project contacts

Ylva Lind, Department of Environmental Research and Monitoring, Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) E-mail:

Ulrika Stensdotter Blomberg, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Box 11930 SE-404 39 Göteborg Sweden, Phone:+46106986011, E-mail:

Karl Lilja, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency S-106 48 Stockholm, Sweden, Phone: +46106981018 , E-mail:

Tove Lundeberg (AMAP representative) Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Phone: +46106981611, 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
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Stations or areas where observations are made

Lakes in AMAP area: Abiskojaure (X: 758208, Y:161749), Tjulträsk (X:731799, Y:151196), Storvindeln (X: 728271, Y:157578), Brännträsket (X:728095, Y:175926), Remmarjön (X:708619, Y:162132), Degervattnet (X:708512, Y:152086), Stor-Björsjön (X:706083, Y:132287)

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 website of Swedish Environmental Research Institutes (IVL) until 2018: (; and directly from Eva Brorström-Lundén, Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Box 53021, 400 14 Göteborg, Phone: +46107886780, E-mail:; or E-mail:

From the beginning of 2018 data will be available on the website of The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU): (

Samplings information are available on Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) webpage: (

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports

Publications are available on the Swedish EPA DiVA portal: (

Report: Bignert, A. Danielsson, S., Faxneld, S., Nyberg, E., The National Swedish Contaminant Monitoring Programme for Freshwater Biota, 2016: Permanent link: (

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Ylva Lind Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), Department of Environmental Research and Monitoring PO Box 50007 SE 104 05 Stockholm, Phone: +468 51954111 E-mail: (

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: (

Description of method (in Swedish): (

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); Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU); Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM); Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?


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