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H6 - Planar PCBs in sediment and biota

FieldDescriptionValidated Entry
[Table title]Name of monitoring programmePlanar PCBs in sediment and biota
[ProgrammeDescription]Description of the monitoring programmeThe planar PCBs in sediment and biota monitoring is carried out within OSPAR's pre-Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP) (Agreement 2016-01). Pre-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 pre-CEMP that certain components for hazardous substances are not monitored on a mandatory basis.
Pre-CEMP component H-6 sets out monitoring of planar PCB congeners CB 77, CB 126 and CB 169 in biota and sediment. Monitoring of those congeners in sediment should be undertaken only if concentrations of marker PCBs as referred to under H-3 are 100 times higher than the Background Assessment Concentration
[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] DK, SE, IE
[Contracting Parties with an "opt out"]  
[Temporal scope]Start (and end) date of the programme.1995 - 9999
[Spatial scope]Spatial coverage of the programme according to the jurisdictional zones of marine waters.EEZ (or similar, e.g. Contiguous Zone, Fishing Zone, Ecological Protection Zone)
[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.


[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).PCB 77 (3,3’,4,4’-tetrachlorobiphenyl)
PCB 126 (3,3’,4,4’,5-pentachlorobiphenyl)
PCB 169 (3,3’,4,4’,5,5’-hexachlorobiphenyl)
[Element Monitored]  
[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?QUASIMEME BT-2 and MS-2
(BT is BioTa and MS is Marine Sediments)
[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.D8C1
[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
H6 - Planar PCBs in sediment and biota