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Levels of Organochlorine Compounds in the Mediterranean Blue Mussel from the Adriatic Sea


The distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) was investigated in Mediterranean blue mussel collected at four locations in Mali Ston Bay few times a year in 2005–2007. OCPs were found in all samples and levels ranged between 0.07 and 7.58 ng g−1 dry wt. Levels of PCBs ranged between 0 (below detection limit) and 21.55 ng g−1 dry wt. For most analyzed compounds there were no significant level changes between the 3 years. Exceptions are decreased levels of β-HCH, DDD, and PCB-138 and increased levels of γ-HCH and DDT in 2007. However, mussels from this area are applicable for human diet.

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We wish to thank Mrs Mirjana Kralj for excellent technical assistance during experimental work and Mr Dado Čakalo for language revision. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Croatia.

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Kožul, D., Herceg Romanić, S., Kljaković-Gašpić, Z. et al. Levels of Organochlorine Compounds in the Mediterranean Blue Mussel from the Adriatic Sea. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 83, 880 (2009).

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  • PCBs
  • Organochlorine pesticides
  • Mediterranean
  • Marine pollution