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Record number 417988
Title Assessment of the environmental status of the coastal and marine aquatic environment in Europe: A plea for adaptive management
Author(s) Laane, R.W.P.M.; Slijkerman, D.M.E.; Vethaak, A.D.; Schobben, J.H.M.
Source Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 96 (2012)1. - ISSN 0272-7714 - p. 31 - 38.
Department(s) IMARES Milieu
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) estrogenic endocrine disruption - flounder platichthys-flesus - ecological risk-assessment - critical load concept - precautionary principle - north-sea - water-quality - pelagic fish - chemicals - exposure
Abstract Policymakers and managers have a very different philosophy and approach to achieving healthy coastal and marine ecosystems than scientists. In this paper we discuss the evolution of the assessment of the chemical status in the aquatic environment and the growing rift between the political intention (precautionary principle) and scientific developments (adaptive and evidence-based management) in the context of the pitfalls and practicalities confronting the current Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The conclusion is that policymakers and water managers should move with the times and take on board new techniques that scientists are using to assess chemical status and apply new scientific developments in assessment studies of the chemical status. These new techniques, such as bioassays, are cheaper than the classic approach of checking whether concentrations of certain individual priority compounds comply with permissible thresholds. Additionally, they give more insight into the real impacts of chemical compounds
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