Toolbox for the Assessment of Marine Munitions impact on biota
Led by the Thünen Institute in collaboration with other project partners developed the EcoTox Toolbox.
The Ecotox Toolbox is based on the results of and the experience made during extensive biological and chemical field and experimental studies in dumpsites of chemical and of conventional munitions as well as in the laboratory.
The goal is to developed guidance on strategies and methods how to address potential ecological risks for marine organisms caused by dumped munitions and their toxic contents,chemical warfare agents or explosives.
The main Toolbox components are 1) A strategy how to analyse and assess the impact of dumped chemical and conventional munitions and associated hazardous substances on contamination and health status of exposed organisms and 2) A description of methods to be applied. After validation, those methods created tools for detection of munitions’ traces, the release of hazardous substances and the biological effects of exposure in wild marine organisms (e.g., fish and mussels).
In addition, tools are provided addressing other useful approaches (e.g., lab toxicity studies, cage exposure studies) as well as data analysis, risk assessment and the incorporation of the Toolbox into the DAIMON Decision Support System (DSS).
Technical information on the tools is detailed in individual Toolbox Fact Sheets with information relevant for each of the methods.
It is envisaged that the application of the Toolbox shall become the standard approach in future efforts by research or regulatory bodies as well as the industry to monitor and assess ecological threats posed by dumped marine munitions. This will be the goal of the planned DAIMON 2 extension project.
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