Date: 13 Mar 2009

Evaluation of a Methodology for Toxicity Testing of Volatile Chlorinated Hydrocarbons on Marine Organisms

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Abstract

This study evaluated the suitability of sealed containers for toxicity testing to prevent loss of volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons (VCHs) with a range of Australian marine organisms including: micro-algae; sea urchin and oyster larvae in 44 mL sealed vials and fish larvae; amphipods; and juvenile polychaetes in 1 L sealed jars. Vials prevented volatilisation of VCHs during testing. Jars were less effective, with average losses of 46%. Growth and development of algae, sea urchins and oysters in vials was acceptable, indicating suitability of the methodology. Jars were suitable for amphipods and polychaetes; however, further evaluation of the fish test is required.