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NEAT new software to assess the environmental status of marine ecosystems

NEAT new software to assess the environmental status of marine ecosystems

The new tool is called NEAT, which stands for Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool. NEAT is designed to support the assessment of marine areas by the environmental authorities of EU Member States, but also by the Regional Seas Conventions and for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. It integrates a previous released tool that includes over 500 indicators used or being developed by European Member States.

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The Dynamics of Mercury Toxins in the Oceans’ Food Web

The Dynamics of Mercury Toxins in the Oceans’ Food Web

Methylmercury, a toxic form of mercury that is readily absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract and can cause in a variety of health issues, poses a significant threat to marine animals at the top of the food web. A new study confirms that Artic species of these animals have higher concentrations of methylmercury in their tissues compared with animals lower in the food web; however, it also shows similar trends in selenium, which could help play a protective role against the toxic effects of mercury.

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