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H4 - Organotins concentrations and biological effects

FieldDescriptionValidated Entry
[Table title]Name of monitoring programmeOrganotins concentrations and biological effects
[ProgrammeDescription]Description of the monitoring programme

The organotins concentrations and biological effects concentrations monitoring is carried out within OSPAR's Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP) (Agreement 2016-01). CEMP monitoring work on hazardous substances comprises monitoring and assessment of the sources and pathways of contaminants and their concentrations and effects in the marine environment.
OSPAR has agreed within the context of the CEMP that certain components for hazardous substances are to be monitored on a mandatory basis, subject to clearly defined and agreed conditions.
CEMP component H-4 sets out monitoring of tributyl tin (TBT)-specific biological effects and TBT in sediment or biota (Appendix H4). Monitoring of TBT concentrations in the marine environment in either sediments or biota should be carried out in parallel with monitoring of TBT-specific biological effects.

[OtherPoliciesConventions]Monitoring for other Union legislation or international agreements that contributes to the programme.OSP-CEMP
[Contracting Parties monitoring]

Which other countries are involved in practical implementation of this monitoring programme, and what is the degree of cooperation.

Coordinated data collection
[Contracting Parties supplying data] BE, DE, DK, ES, IE, IS, NL, NO, PT, SE, UK
[Contracting Parties with an "opt out"]  
[Temporal scope]Start (and end) date of the programme.1978 - 9999
[Spatial scope]Spatial coverage of the programme according to the jurisdictional zones of marine waters.Coastal waters (WFD)
[Aggregation of Data]At which scale can the data from the sub-programme be aggregated for environmental assessments?Sub-region
[MarineReportingUnit]Area(s) where the programme takes place.marineSubregion

[Monitoring Purpose]

Purpose of the programme aimed at collecting data and information.Environmental state and impacts
Pressures in the marine environment
[MonitoringType]Type of monitoring (in-situ, remote sensing, etc.).In-situ sampling offshore
[Indicator Metric]Feature(s) monitored (ecosystem components, pressures, activities).PresEnvContNonUPBTs
[Elements]Element(s) monitored (e.g. species, habitats, contaminants).Tributyltin compounds
[Element Monitored] 

TBT-specific biological effects:
Vas Deferens Sequence, Imposex Stage, Intersex Stage
Organotins in Sediments:
Mono & Dibutyltin;
Mono, Di & Triphenyltin; Tributyltin Organotins in Biota:
Mono & Dibutyltin;
Mono, Di & Triphenyltin; Tributyltin

[Parameter Measured]Parameter(s) monitored.CONC-B
[Monitoring Guidelines/Monitoring Method in place]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.OTH
[MonitoringMethodOther]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.CEMP guidelines for coordinated monitoring for hazardous substances (Agreement 2016-04)
[Quality Assurance Procedures in Place]In addition to a specified method, is there any additional Quality Assurance used?External laboratory proficiency testing scheme: QUASIMEME
[Quality Control]What type of Quality Control is used?Delayed mode
[Data submission Frequency (and deadline)]Frequency of the monitoringYearly
[Applicable MSFD GES Criteria]Indicator(s) to which the programme contributes.


[Data Depository]Link to where monitoring data can be accessed (Art. 19(3))
[Data Custodian] ICES Datacentre
[Assessment Guidelines]

[Assessment tools available]
[Nature of data] Processed
H4 - Organotins concentrations and biological effects