Tracking pan-continental trends in environmental contamination using sentinel raptors—what types of samples should we use?

S. Espín*, A.J. García-Fernández, D. Herzke, R.F. Shore, B. van Hattum, E. Martínez-López, M. Coeurdassier, I. Eulaers, C. Fritsch, P. Gómez-Ramírez, V.L.B. Jaspers, O. Krone, G. Duke, B. Helander, R. Mateo, P. Movalli, C. Sonne, N.W. van Den Brink

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Abstract

Biomonitoring using birds of prey as sentinel species has been mooted as a way to evaluate the success of European Union directives that are designed to protect people and the environment across Europe from industrial contaminants and pesticides. No such pan-European evaluation currently exists. Coordination of such large scale monitoring would require harmonisation across multiple countries of the types of samples collected and analysed-matrices vary in the ease with which they can be collected and the information they provide. We report the first ever pan-European assessment of which raptor samples are collected across Europe and review their suitability for biomonitoring. Currently, some 182 monitoring programmes across 33 European countries collect a variety of raptor samples, and we discuss the relative merits of each for monitoring current priority and emerging compounds. Of the matrices collected, blood and liver are used most extensively for quantifying trends in recent and longer-term contaminant exposure, respectively. These matrices are potentially the most effective for pan-European biomonitoring but are not so widely and frequently collected as others. We found that failed eggs and feathers are the most widely collected samples. Because of this ubiquity, they may provide the best opportunities for widescale biomonitoring, although neither is suitable for all compounds. We advocate piloting pan-European monitoring of selected priority compounds using these matrices and developing read-across approaches to accommodate any effects that trophic pathway and species differences in accumulation may have on our ability to track environmental trends in contaminants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)777-801
JournalEcotoxicology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Bird of prey
  • Contaminant
  • Matrix
  • Monitoring
  • Sample type

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Espín, S. ; García-Fernández, A.J. ; Herzke, D. ; Shore, R.F. ; van Hattum, B. ; Martínez-López, E. ; Coeurdassier, M. ; Eulaers, I. ; Fritsch, C. ; Gómez-Ramírez, P. ; Jaspers, V.L.B. ; Krone, O. ; Duke, G. ; Helander, B. ; Mateo, R. ; Movalli, P. ; Sonne, C. ; van Den Brink, N.W. / Tracking pan-continental trends in environmental contamination using sentinel raptors—what types of samples should we use?. In: Ecotoxicology. 2016 ; pp. 777-801.
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