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Biological effects of contaminants (including fish disease) in biota, seawater and sediments in the North Sea

Data holding centreInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
CountryDenmark  Denmark
Time periodFrom 1984 onwards for fish disease data, from 1990 onwards for biological effects data
Geographical area

North Sea coastal areas


Fish disease and parasites; Bioassay and contaminant biological impact


The work of the ICES Data Centre is guided by ICES Working Group needs and Commission Monitoring Programmes. The collection of fish disease prevalence data began in the 1990's in collaboration with ICES Working Groups. Since then, biological effects data such as liver diseases, imposex, intersex, vitellogenin and metallothionein have become new additions to the database. Some biological effects techniques have been included in the Co-ordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP) of the Oslo and Paris Commissions (OSPAR). Scientists are currently developing guidelines and assessment criteria for a number of biological effects techniques. There has been a significant increase in the amount of biological effects data submitted to the database in the past year. National institutes are encouraged to submit their data so that a wider coverage may be available for assessments.

OriginatorsInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Data web site
OrganisationInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
ContactNot supplied (General Secretary)

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 44-46
Copenhagen V


Telephone0045 3338 6700
Facsimile+45 3393 4215
Collating centreInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Local identifier7001025
Global identifier1442
Last revised2009-02-09