Emerging Endocrine Disruptors Contaminants (eEDCs) comprise a wide range of chemical compounds, with no regulatory standard, found in aquatic environments mainly due agricultural, industrial and urban contamination. Current data suggest that eEDCs may be blamed for the rising incidence of reproductive alterations in aquatic organisms and other adverse effects, which affect the welfare of aquatic communities.

Moreover, some eEDCs are accumulated and biomagnified throughout the trophic chains, reaching the upper trophic levels and potentially negatively affecting the human health. This project aims to clarify the bioaccumulation and biomagnification potential of some eEDCs in aquatic food webs of the two major Portuguese estuaries. Furthermore, bioavailability of eEDCs and risks and benefits associated with seafood consumption will be evaluated. To achieve these objectives an innovator analytical method for the simultaneous determination of several eEDCs will be developed and validated.

Integrated Assessment of Emerging Endocrine Disruptor Contaminants in Seafood from Portuguese Estuaries

Funding Program: Fundos FEDER através do Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização -  COMPETE 2020 e por Fundos Nacionais (PIDDAC) através da FCT/MCTES 

Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028708

Funding: 230.268,13€


Principal Investigator: Sara Cunha

Start / End: October 2018- September 2022