Marine Chemistry of the Boka Kotorska Bay

  • Danijela JoksimovićEmail author
  • Ana Castelli
  • Milena Mitrić
  • Rajko Martinović
  • Ana Perošević
  • Slavka Stanković
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 54)


Currently, in the country and abroad, numerous investigations focused on analysis of environmental protection and improvement, particularly water as a sensitive and limited resource, are being conducted. One of main environmental tasks is water quality monitoring, i.e. monitoring of the possible presence of harmful substances as well as determining their concentrations in water. Monitoring of marine environment trace metals pollution, which represent a basis for the control of pollution of the marine environment, is usually limited not only by performance and detection limits of the existing analytical techniques, but also by the general lack of interest, since rivers and oceans have for quite some time been used for disposal of various wastes.

In the last decade, human and industrial activities in the coastal areas of the south-eastern Adriatic have been increased, which resulted in different types of contamination, including trace elements. Therefore, investigations of the south-eastern Adriatic marine environment quality have been intensified in the last decade, monitoring seawater, biota and sediment quality related to heavy metals pollution along the Albanian and Montenegrin coastal area, which are naturally connected.

The Boka Kotorska Bay is situated in Montenegro, in the south-eastern part of the Adriatic Sea. This chapter provides an overview of the physical and chemical marine data of seawater, sediment and biota, based on the results of the research project studies and published monitoring data conducted in the last decade in the Boka Kotorska Bay.


Biota Boka Kotorska Bay Heavy metals Nutrients Seawater Sediment 



We would like to thank our colleague Vesna Mačić, PhD, who provided us with beautiful photos made in Boka Kotorska Bay and Aleksandar Jovičić, who provided maps.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danijela Joksimović
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ana Castelli
    • 1
  • Milena Mitrić
    • 1
  • Rajko Martinović
    • 1
  • Ana Perošević
    • 1
  • Slavka Stanković
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Marine BiologyUniversity of MontenegroKotorMontenegro
  2. 2.Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Analytical ChemistryUniversity of BelgradeBeogradSerbia

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