Selected Bivalves for Monitoring of Heavy Metal Contamination in the Colombian Caribbean

  • N. H. Campos


Coastal regions receive contaminants from industries and urban centers or via river inputs from the drainage basin, thus coastal ecosystems and their biota are most likely to be affected. The degree of pollution in these systems can be determined by water and/or sediment analysis or by measuring pollution levels in biota; each approach has advantages and shortcomings. The determination of accumulated pollutants in biota offers, apart from low detection levels, interpretations on the bioavailability of contaminant loads. In order to serve as a biological monitor a selected organism should have a high concentration factor, a wide physiological tolerance, be of commercial importance, abundant and of wide distribution in the sampled area (Reish 1976).


Heavy Metal Contamination Mytilus Edulis Contaminant Load Tissue Metal Concentration High Concentration Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. H. Campos
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  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de ColombiaSanta MartaColombia

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