This is what FISH-PARC is all about:
The levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) found in Arctic animals reflect long-range transport and provide an early warning sign of global contamination trends. It is therefore important to conduct ecotoxicological studies in Arctic animals.
Today there are more than 30 000 chemicals in wide commercial use, and little is known about the occurrence, uptake and effects in biota on a global scale. The FISH-PARC project will investigate the uptake and effects of organophosphoros flame retardants (PFRs) in Arctic benthic and pelagic fish species.
The PFRs is a group of emerging compounds that is poorly investigated in Arctic organisms, and is of high concern as it has been found in high levels in several Arctic organisms.
In this project we will elucidate some important research questions regarding PFRs in Arctic fish: To what extent are PFRs bioaccumulated in Arctic fish? Is there an increase in PFR concentrations from prey to fish? Will benthic fish have higher PFR concentrations than pelagic fish? Will benthic fish have a different PFR pattern than pelagic fish? Will PFRs affect receptor signalling and give rise to adverse effects?
It is important to get extensive knowledge about biotransformation, bioaccumulation and possibly adverse effects of PFRs in Arctic ecosystems as it will contribute to our understanding of ecotoxicology, and hence improvement of hazard and risk assessments.
Furthermore, it is important to have good knowledge about environmental impacts that could affect fish populations in the Arctic in order to ensure sustainable management of these species.