The southern Venicelagoon has been affected by an increase of several anthropogenic activities (dockyards,harbours and marina)which have contributed to enrich sediments with metals in the recent years.The contamination of metals in the surfacesediments along with their accumulation in the gastropod Nassarius reticulatus were investigated.Highest metal concentrations of Cu,Zn,Pb and Cr found in the dockyards and marina sites suggest their possible past and recent use as biocides in the antifouling paints.The enrichment factor(EF) showed highest values(EF410) near the dockyards, harbour and marina sediments for Cu,where the use of the antifouling tinfree paints hasbeen more relevant. High levels of metals were also found in the target gastropods.Biota-Sediment-Accumulation- Factor and correlation analyses pointed out a significant mobilization of metals,particularly Cu,from sediments and their accumulation in the gastropods.

Antifouling tin free paints as potential source of metals contamination in sediments and gastropods of the southern Venice lagoon

Giani M
2012

Abstract

The southern Venicelagoon has been affected by an increase of several anthropogenic activities (dockyards,harbours and marina)which have contributed to enrich sediments with metals in the recent years.The contamination of metals in the surfacesediments along with their accumulation in the gastropod Nassarius reticulatus were investigated.Highest metal concentrations of Cu,Zn,Pb and Cr found in the dockyards and marina sites suggest their possible past and recent use as biocides in the antifouling paints.The enrichment factor(EF) showed highest values(EF410) near the dockyards, harbour and marina sediments for Cu,where the use of the antifouling tinfree paints hasbeen more relevant. High levels of metals were also found in the target gastropods.Biota-Sediment-Accumulation- Factor and correlation analyses pointed out a significant mobilization of metals,particularly Cu,from sediments and their accumulation in the gastropods.
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