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Data set name

Data Set of Heavy metals in biota of the Curonian Lagoon

Data holding centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
CountryLithuania  Lithuania
Time period1999-2001; 2004-
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Northern Curonian Lagoon in the southeast Baltic Sea (data set limits: 55 16 - 55 44N; 21 01 - 21 17E).

Observations 
Parameters

Metal concentrations in biota

Instruments

Benthos samplers; atomic absorption spectrometers

Description 
Summary

The aim of the research of mercury is to determine the contamination of the Curonian Lagoon's biota and to evaluate long-term dynamic of mercury concentrations. These investigations are important, because heavy metals accumulate in biota, especially in their soft tissues. In accordance with the national Curonian Lagoon monitoring programme the investigations of heavy metals in biota are performed one time a year (in summer) by the expedition cutter 'Gintaras'. Investigations of mercury in biota have been carried out since 1999 in the site covered the north part of the Lagoon which belongs to the Lithuania. Mercury has been investigated in mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) and fish (perch Perca fluviatilis). The data are fully quality controlled. Systematic certification of laboratories, participation in international intercalibrations, internal control, introduced managing system for research' quality, use of high quality reagents determine quality of data. All data since 1999 is stored in archive (written form in annual Reports).

OriginatorsDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Availability 
OrganisationDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactGalina Garnaga (Head of Ecotoxicology Department)
Address

Department of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Taikos Av. 26
Klaipeda

LT-91149
Lithuania

Telephone+370 46 380 478
Facsimile+370 46 41 04 60
Emailg.garnaga@jtc.am.lt
Administration 
Collating centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Local identifier33001049
Global identifier2132
Last revised2009-02-12