Organochlorine Pollution of Mariculture Objects of the Crimea Coastal Area (Black Sea)

  • Ludmila Malakhova
  • Vladimir Voronov
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)


The main purpose of this work was to determine the concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCs) in the Black Sea mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis Lam, which are most promising cultivation object. Also mussels, filter feeder and sedentary organisms, were used in order to test water pollution of the Crimea coast (Ukrainian Region of the Black Sea). All samples contained different concentrations of PCBs and the dominant congeners of PCBs were from tetra to hexachlorobiphenyls among these, congeners 153 and 138 were the most representative. Among the OCs the highest concentrations were found for α-HCH and p,p’-DDE and p,p’-DDD that are metabolite of DDT. Results have also been interpreted in terms of geographical distribution and mussels’ biological cycle.


Polychlorinated biphenyls organochlorine pesticides mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis the Black Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ludmila Malakhova
    • 1
  • Vladimir Voronov
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas National Academy of Sciences of UkraineSevastopolUkraine
  2. 2.Irkutsk State Technical UniversityIrkutskRussia

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