Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 91–103

The Mussel Watch concept


  • Edward D. Goldberg
    • Scripps Institution of Oceanography

DOI: 10.1007/BF00398031

Cite this article as:
Goldberg, E.D. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (1986) 7: 91. doi:10.1007/BF00398031


The use of bivalves as sentinel organisms for collectives of marine pollutants is evaluated with data from the U.S. Mussel Watch, 1976–1978. The utilization of soft parts and of the shells are compared for metals and plutonium. Finally, the need for a global mussel watch, emphasizing the analyses of chlorinated hydrocarbon biocides in the tropics and southern hemisphere, is presented.

Copyright information

© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986