Ecotoxicology and Monitoring of Toxic Pollutants in the Marine Environment- A Review
V. G. Gopikrishna
School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam-686560, India
International Journal of Marine Science, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 9 doi: 10.5376/ijms.2016.06.0009
Received: 11 Nov., 2015 Accepted: 24 Mar., 2016 Published: 28 Mar., 2016
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Mohan M., Gopikrishna V.G., Cherian N., Jyothy S., Augustine T., and Sreedharan K., 2016, Monitoring of Toxic Pollutants in the Marine Environment- A Review, International Journal of Marine Science, 6(9): 1-20 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2016.06.0009)
Since the turn of the century, the marine environment is getting adulterated day by day due to several anthropogenic activities which eventually leads to marine biodiversity loss. Land-based sources play a key role in polluting the marine environment. The pollutants once entered the marine ecosystem has got a chance to transform chemically or biologically, bioaccumulate or even biomagnify. Heavy metals, plastics, POPs, radioactive materials and other contaminants contribute much to the marine pollution. The resultant outcome of this voluminous oceanic pollution is a real threat to the entire biota. This chapter throws light on the various impacts of toxic pollutants on the marine ecosystems and the effective monitoring possibilities.
Marine environment; Ecotoxicology; Toxic pollutants; Heavy metals