Status of persistent organic pollutants in the sediment from several estuaries in China. Academic Article uri icon


  • Sediment samples from three estuaries on the east coast of China were analyzed for persistent organic pollutants. Total PCB, PAH, and DDT concentrations in the sediments from Minjiang, Jiulongjiang, and Zhujiang estuaries ranged from 2 to 14 ng/g, 400 to 1500 ng/g, and 6 to 73 ng/g, respectively, in the sediments from these estuaries. The sources of PAH contamination were inferred from PAH compositions, with pyrogenic PAHs being the dominant source for Minjiang Estuary and petroleum related PAHs being the primary contributors to Jiulongjiang and Zhujiang estuaries. The high concentrations of DDT in the sediments from these estuaries were likely the result of widespread use of DDT in China in the 1960s and 1970s. Butyltin compounds were detected in the sediment from Jiulongjiang Estuary and Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. Presence of butyltin compounds probably result from the shipping activities in these estuaries. Butyltin compounds were not detected in the sediments from Minjiang and Zhujiang estuaries. Contaminant concentrations were generally below levels expected to affect benthic organisms with the exception of DDTs.

published proceedings

  • Environ Pollut

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Yuan, D., Yang, D., Wade, T. L., & Qian, Y.

citation count

  • 178

complete list of authors

  • Yuan, D||Yang, D||Wade, TL||Qian, Y

publication date

  • August 2001