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Interim Report of the Working Group on Marine Sediments in Relation to Pollution (WGMS)

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The Working Group on Marine Sediments in Relation to Pollution (WGMS) met on 14–18 March 2016 in Oostende, Belgium. The meeting was co-chaired by C. Tixier (FR) and C. Robinson (UK) and attended by 8 other members from 6 countries, by two local members of the ICES Marine Chemistry Working Group and additionally received contributions from three staff of the host institute.WGMS has six Terms of Reference due for completion in 2017. These require the Group to (1) respond to requests for advice; (2) work to progress the use of passive sampling in sediment contaminant monitoring; (3) report on the applicability of modelling to explain the distribution of sediment-associated contaminants in relation to potential sources; (4) to advise on deep sea sediment monitoring protocols; (5) investigate/review the potential for release of contaminants from marine renewable energy activities; (6) review emerging issues (e.g. microplastics, deep sea mining) as potential risks for environmental contamination by hazardous substances.In 2016, good progress was made on all ToRs except ToR 5, for which the most interested member could not attend the meeting. Valuable inputs were made by staff of the host institute to ToR 3 (modelling), whilst special focus was put on the potential impacts of deep-sea mining (ToR 6b), with fruitful discussion involving experts from the host insti-tute, the ICES Working Group on the Effects of Extraction of Marine Sediments on the Marine Ecosystem (WGEXT) and from WGMS members involved with deep sea mining projects. Work to progress the ToRs further was agreed and will be finalised at the next meeting in Ancona, Italy (6–10 March 2017).


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