Studies on the quality of marine environments in Italy have traditionally favoured heavily impacted areas, such as harbours and industrial areas, while there are a few investigations aimed at the evaluation of the presence of organic pollutants in marine reserves.

This study aimed to study the presence of some endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) on seabream (Diplodus sargus sargus), an economically important fish, in the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto (Italy).

The obtained results confirm the occurrence and transfer of these organic pollutants in the food web of marine organisms in marine reserves, namely alkyl-phenols 2,6-DTBP, 2,4-DTBP, OP, and BPA. The authors conclude that the obtained results confirm that marine reserves are highly necessary but not sufficient for marine conservation.

Rizzo D, Pennetta A, De Benedetto GE (2017) Accumulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the liver of Diplodus sargus sargus in Torre Guaceto Natural Reserve. Marine Pollution Bulletin 119: 219-222

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