Biomonitoring aquatic environmental quality in a marine protected area: A biomarker approach

Stefano Bonacci*, Annalisa Iacocca, Soania Fossi, Lucia Lancini, Tancredi Caruso, Ilaria Corsi, Silvano Focardi

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Abstract

The main aims of the present study, conducted in the framework of the MONIQUA-Egadi Scientific Project, were twofold: first, to make the first step in the development and validation of an ecotoxicological approach for the assessment of marine pollution in coastal environments on the basis of a set of biomarker responses in new sentinel species; and second, to obtain preliminary information on environmental quality in an Italian marine protected area, the Egadi Islands (Sicily). Several cytochrome P450-dependent mixed-function oxidase activities were measured in the following sentinel species: rainbow wrasse Coris julis, gastropod limpet Patella caerulea, and sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus. The results suggest that specimens from the Favignana Harbor may be exposed to P450 inducers, whereas most of the other sites seem to share similar environmental quality. The proposed approach has potential for assessment of environmental quality in marine protected areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-315
Number of pages8
JournalAmbio
Volume36
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • ANGUILLA-ANGUILLA
  • BASS DICENTRARCHUS-LABRAX
  • TROUT ONCORHYNCHUS-MYKISS
  • CYTOCHROME-P450 MONOOXYGENASE SYSTEM
  • HEPATIC BIOTRANSFORMATION
  • MYTILUS-EDULIS-L
  • RAINBOW-TROUT
  • POLYCHLORINATED-BIPHENYLS
  • O-DEETHYLASE EROD
  • ROACH RUTILUS-RUTILUS

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Bonacci, S., Iacocca, A., Fossi, S., Lancini, L., Caruso, T., Corsi, I., & Focardi, S. (2007). Biomonitoring aquatic environmental quality in a marine protected area: A biomarker approach. Ambio, 36(4), 308-315.