Petroleum Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Corals: a Review
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Petroleum hydrocarbon, Toxicity, Coral, Bioassay
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.
Nick Turner and Dorothy-Ellen A. Renegar. 2017. Petroleum Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Corals: a Review .Marine Pollution Bulletin , (2) : 1 -16. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/occ_facarticles/850.