Comparison and origins of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the entrance and the exit of the Turkish Straits System (TSS)

Balcioglu E. B., Gonulal O., Guresen S. O., Aksu A., Orturka B.

MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, vol.136, pp.33-37, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 136
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.08.066
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.33-37
  • Keywords: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), Turkish Straits System (TSS), Total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH), Seawater, Sediment, BLACK-SEA, MARMARA SEA, MEDITERRANEAN-SEA, MARINE ORGANISMS, OIL POLLUTION, UNITED-STATES, IZMIT BAY, SEDIMENTS, CONTAMINATION, MUSSELS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Investigations of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs) in water and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments were performed in the entrance and the exit of the Turkish Straits System (TSS) in autumn of 2016 and spring of 2017. TPH and PAH values ranged from 1.7 to 11.6 mu g/l and 120 to 2912 ng/g (dw), respectively. On the basis of the given surface fluxes of the TSS, average petroleum flows were calculated as 1631 t/y from the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea and 8484 t/y from the Marmara Sea to the Aegean Sea. Pollution by PAHs ranged from relatively moderate to high. The most polluted sediments were collected from regions affected by shipping, such as Riva and Seddiilbahir located at the entrance and the exit of the TSS, respectively. Moreover, origins of PAHs were determined using the ratios of PAH congeners. The main origins of PAHs were found as both pyrolytic and petrogenic at most stations.