Elemental profiles in seawater, sediment and green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) were determined, following the deposition of earthquake demolition rubble into a newly developed sea-fill located adjacent to a busy commercial port with a history of diverse contaminant inputs. Zinc and lead displayed environmental concentrations that varied over time during sea-fill construction, and which declined with distance from the sea-fill, indicating that the sea-fill activity was the source of these two contaminants. A transplantation study using reference site mussels caged near the sea-fill, supported this finding. However, none of the trace metal burdens in resident or transplanted mussels were of regulatory concern. An integrated approach comprising the monitoring of multiple environmental matrices, examination of contaminant burdens as a function of time and distance from a putative point source, and the use of active biomonitoring techniques, is necessary to robustly identify novel contamination inputs in historically-polluted marine settings.
|Journal||Marine Pollution Bulletin|
|Publication status||Published - Mar. 2021|
- Trace element