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Assessment of tributyltin contamination in a shipyard area using a mussel transplantation approach.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18513752     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) were transplanted to seven stations around a large shipyard for 126 days to evaluate tributyltin (TBT) contamination. Although the application of TBT-based paints to ships is totally banned in Korea, butyltin compounds were found to accumulate in mussels following transplantation. Concentrations of TBT and total butyltins in transplanted mussels near the shipyard were in the range of 40-350 ng Sn/g and 74-530 ng Sn/g on a dry weight basis, respectively. Obviously, low TBT concentrations (6.0-53 ng Sn/gdw) were determined in mussels at four stations outside the shipyard. A negative gradient of TBT concentrations and TBT portion to total butyltin concentrations were found in both the surface water and transplanted mussels according to distance from the shipyard. In addition, TBT concentrations in surface water and transplanted mussels showed significant correlation (r(2) = 0.71; p < 0.001). These results indicate that the shipyard still releases fresh TBT into surrounding waters even after TBT regulation in Korea, and mussel transplantation is useful in evaluating TBT contamination in shipyard area.
Nam Sook Kim; Won Joon Shim; Un Hyuk Yim; Sung Yong Ha; Pan Soo Park
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-05-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-16     Completed Date:  2008-10-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  883-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Marine Environmental Risk Assessment Research Division, Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute, 391 Jangmok-myon, Geoje-shi 656-834, Republic of Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring / methods*
Mytilus / chemistry*
Organotin Compounds / analysis,  metabolism
Seawater / chemistry
Time Factors
Trialkyltin Compounds / analysis*
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*,  metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Organotin Compounds; 0/Trialkyltin Compounds; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical; 688-73-3/tributyltin

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