Hazardous Substances

The thematic reports no. 5.1 - 5.3 on Hazardous Substances as part of the Quality Status Report 2009 (QSR 2009) provide an overview of the present status of contamination in the Wadden Sea, based on the Trilateral Monitoring and Assessment Program (TMAP). These status reviews include various aspects of pollution, accumulation in organisms and sources.

From the QSR 2009, thematic report 5.1, Hazardous Substances:

The Wadden Sea is monitored for chemicals under several monitoring programs. The Trilateral Monitoring and Assessment Program (TMAP) covers the entire Wadden Sea Area. The trilateral Wadden Sea Plan is the framework for management and policy for the Dutch/ German/Danish Wadden Sea. For hazardous substances, the targets are: to reach background concentrations for natural compounds and zero discharges for man-made substances. The Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) of OSPAR, including the Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP), the Riverine Inputs and Discharges (RID) and Chemical Atmospheric Monitoring Programme (CAMP), covers the entire North East Atlantic Ocean and bordering seas. The national programs follow the delimitation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) water bodies and River Basin Districts (RBD), extending to the 12 nautical miles from the coastal baseline for priority compounds. The monitoring requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) have to still be implemented.

Assessment approach

The Wadden Sea is part of many national and international agreements and laws. The assessment approach was chosen in such a way that it harmonizes the information and makes it suitable to use between those platforms. [….read more]

Quality Status Report 2009, Thematic Reports

5.1      Hazardous Substances (Bakker et al.)
5.2      Contaminants in Bird Eggs (Becker & Dittmann)
5.3      Oil Pollution and Seabirds (Camphuysen et al.)

Quality Status Report 2004, 4. Hazardous Substances:

4.2      Natural Contaminants (Bakker et al.)
4.4      Oil pollution and seabirds (Camphuysen et al.)
4.5      Contaminants in bird eggs (Becker & Munoz Cifuentes)
4.7      New developments (Bakker et al.)