Monitoring of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) in Scottish Deepwater Environments (MoreDeep)

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Marine Scotland Data Portal

Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vo 8 No 9

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) were measured in environmental samples (water, fish and sediment) collected in 2014 and 2016 from the Faroe-Shetland Channel and Rosemary Bank Seamount. These data could be used to provide a baseline against which any changes can be assessed in the event of an oil spill and contribute to any environmental impact assessment. Concentrations in all samples were low, often below the detection limits, and were typical of reference sites. Sponges can be used as an alternative indicator species to mussels for monitoring PAHs in the marine environment as they can accumulate PAHs from both the dissolved and particulate phase. PAH concentrations in marine sponges from Scottish waters have not previously been reported. Concentrations were low, but contained a higher proportion of heavier 4- to 6-ring PAHs compared to the fish samples.