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ISSN: 2161-0525

Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology

  • Review Article   
  • J Environ Anal Toxicol 2016, Vol 6(1): 349
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000349

Trace Elements in Marine Environments: Occurrence, Threats and Monitoring with Special Focus on the Coastal Mediterranean

Jonathan Richir1,2* and Sylvie Gobert2
1Numerical Ecology of Aquatic Systems, University of Mons, Pentagone 3D08, 6, Avenue du Champ de Mars, 7000 Mons, Belgium
2Laboratory of Oceanology, MARE Centre, University of Liege, B6C, 4000 Liege, Sart Tilman, Belgium
*Corresponding Author : Jonathan Richir, Numerical Ecology of Aquatic Systems, University of Mons, Pentagone 3D08, 6, Avenue Du Champ De Mars, 7000 Mons, Belgium, Tel: 3243662111, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Oct 12, 2015 / Accepted Date: Jan 21, 2016 / Published Date: Jan 25, 2016

Abstract

Trace elements, as building blocks of matter, are naturally present in the environment. However, their extraction, production, use and release by men can lead to the increase of their environmental levels to concentrations that may be toxic for both men and the biota. The overall aim of this review is therefore to recall that trace elements remain contaminants of concern that still require scientific attention. Because marine coastal systems (and transitional environments in general) are particularly vulnerable to contamination processes, they deserve to be accurately monitored with quality indicator species. As an example, the 2 most widely quality indicator species used to assess the health status of the coastal Mediterranean are the seagrass Posidonia oceanica and the mussel Mytilus galloprovincilias. In this review, after a short introduction on human pressures on the World Ocean and the coastal Mediterranean in particular (1), we will redefine the term trace element from an environmental perspective and discuss their accumulation and toxicity for men and the biota (2). We will consider the benefits of using biological indicators instead of water and sediment measurements to assess the health status of the marine environment (3), and more particularly as regards the accurate and complementary indicators that are seagrasses (4) and mussels (5).

Keywords: Trace element; Toxicity; Aquatic environment; Monitoring; Seagrass; Mussel; Mediterranean

Citation: Richir J, Gobert S (2016) Trace Elements in Marine Environments: Occurrence, Threats and Monitoring with Special Focus on the Coastal Mediterranean. J Environ Anal Toxicol 6: 349. Doi: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000349

Copyright: © 2016 Richir J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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  1. Abdul-Samad
    Posted on Sep 22 2016 at 1:04 pm
    Authors reviewed the trace elements which remain contaminants of concern that still require scientific attention and accurately monitored with quality indicator species. The paper represents a good review of the toxicological effects of trace elements on the biota. The reported information is interesting and well supported.
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