A First Biopollution Index Approach and Its Relationship on Biological Quality in Catalan Rivers

  • Beatriz Rodríguez-LabajosEmail author
  • Carolina Solà
  • Antoni Munné
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 42)


The purpose of this chapter is to present results of the applicability of the most well-known biopollution (BP) and biocontamination (BC) indices available in the literature by using information from the standard monitoring programme for fish carried out in Catalonia. As a part of this exercise, the pertinence of the results is evaluated by answering two questions: (1) are the BP&BC indices actually indicators for quality status, i.e. do their results respond to indicators of pressures on water bodies? And if so, (2) are the indices redundant with the existing indices of quality status for a given biological element? This discussion will be done in relation to the use of information on alien species (AS) for the purpose of future management and the ensuing role of uncertainty in the ecological assessment on water bodies according to the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).


Alien species Biocontamination Biological indices Biopollution Catalan basins Water Framework Directive 



Alien species






Biopollution level index


Integrated biopollution risk index


Site-specific biological contamination


Water Framework Directive



The first author benefited from her participation in the formal discussions on alien species and water body classification within for the WFD Ecological Status Working Group (ECOSTAT) in Bordeux (2008) and Ispra (2009), both coordinated by Professor Phil Boon (SNH, UK) and Dr Ana Cristina Cardoso (JRC, Italy). The author gratefully acknowledges the coordinators and all the participants for the fruitful discussions, in particular to Jochen Vandekerkhove (JRC, Italy), for the management of the ECOSTAT questionnaire to national experts ‘Alien species and the Water Framework Directive’ issued in January 2009.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carolina Solà
    • 2
  • Antoni Munné
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)Autonomous University of BarcelonaBellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)Spain
  2. 2.Catalan Water AgencyBarcelonaSpain

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