, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 81-88

Role of bivalves in the depuration of seawaters contaminated by bacteria

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Abstract

Bacterial contamination the inshore areas of seas, is currently one of the most common manifestations of increasing anthropogenic pressure on aquatic ecosystems. Permanent sources of allochthonic microflora in the inshore areas of seas, are polluted with untreated or insufficiently treated domestic and industrial sewage [5, 8, 12, 45, 66] and river run-off from areas of active water use [22, 28], and suffer the effects of over-exploitation of beaches during the bathing season (in the summer).