Evaluation of the Overall Potential Toxicity of Shallow Marine Sediment from Oran Bay by Means of Bioassays of Acute Toxicity

Aouicha Haddou, saliha dermeche, Wardia Hammouche, Toufik Boukhatem, Zitouni Boutiba


This study investigates the ecotoxicological evaluation of sediment contamination from west Algerian Mediterranean coast (Oran harbour-Ain Franin).The toxicity of sediment and interstitials waters was estimated using bioessays of acute toxicity with brine shrimp Arthia salina. The bioessays reponses vary as a function of matrix and study area. The highest contamined samples (Oran harbour) are more toxic than the less contaminated samples (Ain Franin). The bioessay using interstitials waters was more sensible than those using contact sediment. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the interest of ecotoxicological approach for assessing the quality of the coastal marine environment. The proposed approach is global, non-specific and gives elements to compares the sites between them in terms of quality of sediments and provide elements for classifying areas.


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