A study of selected biomarkers for monitoring effects of pollution in coastal areas of Indonesia


Khusnul Yaqin *, Bibiana Widiati Lay , Etty Riani , Zainal Alim Masud and Peter-Diedrich Hansen

Selected biomakers, Cholinesterase (ChE) and phagocytic activities have been investigated with the exposed green mussel PERNA VIRIDIS in Indonesian coastal waters. An operative effect-based monitoring on two polluted sites and one reference area were investigated for aquaculture enterprises and human health aspects. Between two heavily polluted sites, green mussels from Cilincing indicated a lower level of the ChE activity than those from Kamal Muara. The phagocytic activity of green mussels from the polluted sites demonstrated significant higher activity than that of green mussels from the pristine site, Pangkep. However, there were no significant differences of phagocytic activities between the polluted sites. This might indicate that the existing pollutants in Jakarta Bay were more neurotoxic rather than immonotoxic substances. The results showed clearly that both selected biomarkers were potential valuable tools for effect-based monitoring and pollution impacts in coastal zones of Indonesia

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