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Assessment of native and alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments and mussels (Mytilus spp.) in the southern Baltic Sea

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Native and alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were investigated in whole and fine grained (F < 63 μm) sediment fractions and mussels in the southern Baltic Sea. Both sediments and mussels showed spatial differences in PAH levels and profiles. In whole sediments, mean concentrations of Σ16PAHs, ΣaPAHs, and ΣPAHs reached up to 1537, 415, and 1952 ng g−1 dry weight (dw), respectively, and in mussels they reached up to 235, 143, and 325 ng g−1 dw, respectively, depending on location. ΣaPAHs made up to 36% of ΣPAHs in whole sediments and up to 55% in some mussels in the Gulf of Gdańsk. The association of PAHs with the sediment F < 63 μm differed depending on the PAH compound and season. Analysis of PAH sources was done using PCA and the ratios of specific compound concentrations. The sediment and mussel PAH levels evaluated against environmental quality criteria indicated no risk related to PAH occurrence in the study area.

Graphical abstract: Assessment of native and alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments and mussels (Mytilus spp.) in the southern Baltic Sea

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The article was received on 22 Aug 2018, accepted on 07 Jan 2019 and first published on 08 Jan 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8EM00384J
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2019,21, 514-527

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    Assessment of native and alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments and mussels (Mytilus spp.) in the southern Baltic Sea

    I. Waszak, H. Dabrowska and J. Warzocha, Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2019, 21, 514
    DOI: 10.1039/C8EM00384J

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