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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019. Indicator B5b – Marine pollution 2019

Corporate UK Biodiversity


These documents support pressure indicator: B5b. Pressure from pollution (Marine pollution). The documents include a fiche and datasheet.

The indicator shows the combined input of six of the most hazardous substances to the UK marine environment. The indicator is based on levels of five heavy metals (cadmium, mercury, copper, lead and zinc) and one organic compound (lindane). Pollution in the marine environment from these six substances should decrease to levels that are non-detrimental by 2020.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·09·05

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2019). UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019.

The UK indicators were comprehensively reviewed during 2011 and 2012 to ensure they continued to be based on the most robust and reliable available data; and remained relevant to the new international goals and targets. Since then the indicators have been refined to improve their relevance/quality, and new indicators developed to fill gaps. In this version of the publication as many as possible of the indicators have been updated with new data. In some cases, however, development work is ongoing, and where this is the case, the work to develop them has been described briefly.

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Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Released under the Open Government Licence v3.0. Attribution statement "Contains public sector information from Defra, licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0"

Metadata date 2019·09·05

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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