MERLUMED (ECCO)

Bioaccumulation of contaminants in hake feeding areas in the North Western Mediterranean

Projet terminé

Project affiliated to:
Project leader Ifremer
Research partners CNRS , Université de Montpellier, UPMC
Budget 1 000 K€
Cofinanceur publics ANR
Year of labeling 2005
Year of co-financing 2005

The presence of organic contaminants in the marine environment raises the important question of their fate in food chains and ultimately the exposure of end users, including man, to such potentially toxic substances. The MERLUMED project aims to understand the transfer and bioaccumulation of contaminants in hake (Merluccius merluccius) in the Golfe du Lion in the North Western Mediterranean and in the main species of its food chain. The research undertaken should identify the key processes that affect the fate of contaminants, and develop models of these mechanisms for some families of contaminants. This work naturally requires a good knowledge of the hake food chain, the key biological parameters of the species (growth, reproduction) and bioaccumulation processes for different contaminants.