Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Volume 4 Number 4: Measurement of Contaminants and their Effects in Environmental Samples - Proposal for the Revision of the Sampling Programme

Review of contaminant monitoring currently undertaken in Scotland's seas


1. The Scottish sea areas are defined in Baxter, J.M., Boyd, I.L., Cox, M., Donald, A.E., Malcolm, S.J., Miles, H., Miller, B. and Moffat. C.F. (Editors) 2011. Scotland's Marine Atlas: Information for the national marine plan. Marine Scotland, Edinburgh. pp. 191.

2. Transitional waters' are bodies of surface water in the vicinity of river mouths which are partly saline in character as a result of their proximity to coastal waters but which are substantially influenced by freshwater flows

3. Coastal water' means surface water on the landward side of a line, every point of which is at a distance of three nautical mile on the seaward side from the nearest point of the baseline from which the breadth of territorial waters is measured, extending where appropriate up to the outer limit of transitional waters" "except in respect of chemical status for which it [surface waters] shall also include territorial waters" ( WFD Article 2.1)

4. This report does not cover benthic invertebrate but this data may be useful for Descriptors 1 & 6

5. Monitoring of sediment in West Shetland will stop as sediment is sandy and in East Shetland sampling will move to focus on a larger area of fine sediment

6. Environmental Quality Standard for salt waters as an annual average ii EQS in biota (refers to whole fish unless otherwise indicated)

7. iii Biota monitoring is recommended iv EQS biota refers to molluscs and crustacea

8. ii Biota monitoring is recommended iv EQS biota is for molluscs and crustacean v EQS biota is for fish, molluscs and crustacea


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