[MARMAM] New Publication Available

Stockin, Karen K.A.Stockin at massey.ac.nz
Thu Sep 27 18:44:53 PDT 2007


Dear Marmamers
 
The following paper was published recently:
 
TRACE ELEMENTS, PCBS AND ORGANOCHLORINE PESTICIDES IN NEW ZEALAND COMMON DOLPHINS (DELPHINUS SP.)
 
KAREN A STOCKIN, ROBIN J LAW, PADRAIG J DUIGNAN, GARETH W JONES, LAWRENECE PORTER, LUCA MIRIMIN, LAURELINE MEYNIER and MARK B ORAMS
 
Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 387 (2007), pp. 333–345
 
Trace elements, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine (OC) pesticide levels were determined in tissues collected from stranded and bycaught common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) from New Zealand waters between 1999 and 2005.  The concentrations of mercury (Hg), selenium (Se), chromium (Cr), zinc (Zn), nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), cobalt (Co), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), tin (Sn), lead (Pb), arsenic (As) and silver (Ag) were determined in blubber, liver and kidney tissue.  PCBs (45 congeners) and a range of OC pesticides including dieldrin, hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and its metabolites DDE and DDD were determined in blubber samples.  Cr and Ni were not detected in any of the samples and concentrations of Co, Sn and Pb were generally low.  Concentrations of Hg ranged from 0.17 to 110 mg/kg wet weight.  Organochlorine pesticides dieldrin, HCB, o,p’-DDT and p,p’-DDE were present at the highest concentrations.  Sum DDT concentrations in the blubber ranged from 17 to 337 and 654 to 4,430 µg/kg wet weight in females and males, respectively.  Similarly, S45CB concentrations ranged from 49 to 386 and 268 to 1,634 µg/kg wet weight in females and males, respectively.  The mean transmission of SDDTs and ICES7CBs between a genetically determined mother-offspring pair was calculated at 46% and 42%, respectively.  Concentrations of organochlorine pesticides determined in the present study are within similar range to those reported for Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhyncus hectori) from inshore New Zealand waters.
 
PDF requests are available from Karen Stockin at K.A.Stockin at massey.ac.nz 
 
Best wishes,
 
Karen Stockin
 
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Karen A Stockin
Research Officer
Coastal - Marine Research Group 
Institute of Natural Resources 
Massey University at Albany
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North Shore MSC 
New Zealand 
 
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