Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in female common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from western European seas: geographical trends, causal factors and effects on reproduction and mortality.

@article{Pierce2008BioaccumulationOP,
  title={Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in female common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from western European seas: geographical trends, causal factors and effects on reproduction and mortality.},
  author={Graham J. Pierce and Maria Bego{\~n}a Santos and Sin{\'e}ad Murphy and Jennifer A. Learmonth and Alain F. Zuur and Emer Rogan and Paco Bustamante and Florence Caurant and Vincent Lahaye and Vincent Ridoux and Bart N. Zegers and Anch{\'e}lique Mets and Marjan Addink and Cecelia Smeenk and Thierry Jauniaux and Robin J. Law and Willy Dabin and Alfredo Lopez and J M Alonso Farr{\'e} and {\'A}ngel Francisco Gonz{\'a}lez Gonz{\'a}lez and Ang{\'e}lica Guerra and Manuel Garcia-Hartmann and Robert J. Reid and Colin F. Moffat and Christina H. Lockyer and Jan P. Boon},
  journal={Environmental pollution},
  year={2008},
  volume={153 2},
  pages={401-15}
}
Concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in blubber of female common dolphins and harbour porpoises from the Atlantic coast of Europe were frequently above the threshold at which effects on reproduction could be expected, in 40% and 47% of cases respectively. This rose to 74% for porpoises from the southern North Sea. PCB concentrations were also… CONTINUE READING