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Swedish National Environment Contaminant Monitoring of Herring (1972-)

Data holding centreIVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute - Stockholm
CountrySweden  Sweden
Time period1972 - ongoing
Geographical area

The Baltic Proper, Kattegat and Skagerrak


Metal concentrations in biota; Concentration of other organic contaminants in biota; Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in biota


The Contaminant Programme in marine biota constitutes an integrated part of the national monitoring activities in the marine environment as well as the international programmes within ICES, OSPARCOM and HELCOM. The programme is financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Herring is a pelagic species that feeds mainly on zooplankton. It becomes sexually mature at about 2-3 years in the Baltic and at about 3-4 years at the Swedish west coast. It is the most dominating commercial fish species in the Baltic. It is important not only for human consumption but essential also for several others predators in the marine environment.

Herring is the most commonly used indicator species for monitoring contaminants in biota within the BMP (Baltic Monitoring Programme) in the HELCOM convention area and is sampled by Finland, Estonia, Poland and Sweden.

Herring samples are collected each year from six sites along the Swedish coasts: Harufjarden (Bothnian Bay), Angskarsklubb (Bothnian Sea), Landsort (northern Baltic Proper), Utlangan (southern Baltic Proper), Fladen (Kattegat) and at Vaderoarna (Skagerrak).

OriginatorsSwedish Museum of Natural History

Anders Bignert (2008) Comments Concerning the National Swedish Contaminant Monitoring Programme in Marine Biota.,

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OrganisationIVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute - Stockholm
ContactMats Blomqvist (Data manager)

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute - Stockholm
Valhallavägen 81

SE-114 27

Telephone46 31-725 62 00
Facsimile+46-(0)8-598 563 90
Collating centreSwedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Local identifier18014001
Global identifier100
Last revised2009-03-17