Title

Petroleum Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Corals: a Review

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-30-2017

Publication Title

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Keywords

Petroleum hydrocarbon, Toxicity, Coral, Bioassay

ISSN

0025-326X

Volume

119

Issue/No.

2

First Page

1

Last Page

16

Abstract

The proximity of coral reefs to coastal urban areas and shipping lanes predisposes corals to petroleum pollution from multiple sources. Previous research has evaluated petroleum toxicity to coral using a variety of methodology, including monitoring effects of acute and chronic spills, in situ exposures, and ex situ exposures with both adult and larval stage corals. Variability in toxicant, bioassay conditions, species and other methodological disparities between studies prevents comprehensive conclusions regarding the toxicity of hydrocarbons to corals. Following standardized protocols and quantifying the concentration and composition of toxicant will aid in comparison of results between studies and extrapolation to actual spills.

Comments

©2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

ORCID ID

0000-0003-1330-1278

DOI

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.04.050

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