​​​​Monitoring Requirements

Monitoring methodology

HELCOM monitoring of relevance to the indicator is documented in the on-line HELCOM Monitoring Manual in the sub-programme: Contaminants in biota. Monitoring guidelines on the determination of persistent organic compounds in biota are currently documented in the HELCOM COMBINE manual. The guidelines are to be updated and included in the HELCOM Monitoring Manual in the future.

The concentration of PBDEs in environmental monitoring is to be determined in an appropriate biota matrix that includes muscle of herring, perch, cod and eelpout. The basis for determination of the concentration is the lipid or wet weight with lipid content (%) in fish.


Current monitoring

The monitoring activities relevant to the indicator that are currently carried out by HELCOM Contracting Parties are described in the HELCOM Monitoring Manual

Sub-programme: Contaminants in biota monitoring concepts table

Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden presently monitor PBDEs in fish. Lithuania and Sweden monitor PBDEs in sediments. Germany prepares for monitoring in sediment. Estonia and Latvia have screening or research data. No information is available from Russia.

When time series have started to accumulate data from the new monitoring stations in Finland, Lithuania and Poland, the monitoring of temporal trends of PBDEs will be considered adequate in the Baltic Sea. The current time series stations use highly mobile sample species (herring, cod and flounder) which makes the network of time series stations geographically representative. The adequacy of the current network could be further tested through power analysis.


Description of optimal monitoring