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DCU Sampling Campaign (2022) in the Irish Coastal Region

Researchers Martin Nolan MSc, and Dr. Chloe Richards from Dublin City University (DCU) have completed a seven-day sampling campaign within two Dublin coastal areas, Dun Laoghaire and Poolbeg marina.

Deployments followed the guidelines set by the MONITOOL project and used DGT passive samplers as well as spot sampling. An increase in metal contamination levels is expected within these areas due to the anti-fouling paint present on the various boats and small yachts. Anti-fouling paint contains high copper and zinc concentrations which are toxic to marine life.

Passive samplers will be dispatched to IFREMER, also partner of the project, for metal analysis by ICP-MS and to DCU for biofouling analysis by SEM.

DCU samplingMartin Nolan of DCU, (left) collecting a spot sample and (right) deploying a DGT device