Chronic toxicity test with sea urchin Echinometra lucunter and Lytechinus variegatus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea), exposed to light-stick - flag paternoster used for longline surface fishing

Authors

  • Caio Cesar-Ribeiro Centro Universitário Monte Serrat; Laboratório de Ecotoxicologia
  • Maria Fernanda Palanch-Hans Centro Universitário Monte Serrat; Laboratório de Ecotoxicologia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-87592010000700009

Keywords:

light-stick, marine pollution, ecotoxicology, sea urchin

Abstract

In this work, the chronic toxicity of a mixture of light-stick chemicals and water was tested. The light-stick is used in fishery activities to catch swordfish. The tubes were collected on the beaches of the Costa dos Coqueiros - BA, Brazil, in the period from 14th to 31st July 2007. The method used was a short chronic toxicity test where embryos of the sea urchins Echinometra lucunter and Lytechinus variegatus were exposed to a stock solution consisting of the supernatant formed from a mixture of sea water and the orange-colored light-stick chemical. After a preliminary test, concentrations defined were 0.002, 0.003, 0.01, 0.02, 0.1, 1.0% of stock solution. The final test ran for 36 hours for E. Lucunter and 24 hours for L. variegatus with 4 replicates for each concentration. The value of EC50 - 36h was 0.062% with confidence limits ranging from 0.042 to 0.079% and the EC50 - 24h was 0.011% with confidence limits ranging from 0.009 to 0.014%, i.e., the chemical mix present in the light-stick is potentially toxic. So, as these flags are commonly used for fishing there is potential danger in their disposal in the open ocean.

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Published

2010-06-01

How to Cite

Cesar-Ribeiro, C., & Palanch-Hans, M. F. (2010). Chronic toxicity test with sea urchin Echinometra lucunter and Lytechinus variegatus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea), exposed to light-stick - flag paternoster used for longline surface fishing . Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, 58(spe3), 71-75. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-87592010000700009

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