Identification of phthalate esters pollution in the Bosphorus and Dardanelles
Kasim Cemal Güven, Selma Ünlü, Erdoğan Okus, Ertuğrul Doğan, Tuncay Gezgin
University of Istanbul, Institute of Marine Sciences and Management, Vefa, 34470 Istanbul, TURKEY
Pthalate esters are used in various industries. They are toxic for marine organisms and are general contaminants. Phthalate esters were investigated in seawater of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles during 1995 and 1996. The detections were made by using GC/MS analysis and identified phthalate esters were: DEP, BP, DBP and DEHP. The same phthalate esters were found at the entrance and exit of both straits with some variations in months.
Keywords: Phthalate esters, Bosphorus, Dardanelles, seawater