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Workshop on marine pollution opens

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PANAJI, FEB 25. A two-day international workshop on marine pollution and eco-toxicology, aimed at bringing experts in different fields on one platform to discuss recent advances in the fields and their relevance to the developing countries, began here today at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO).

The former deputy director of NIO, Robin Sen Gupta, inaugurated the workshop being jointly organised by the NIO and the International Water Association, U.K.

L.R. Shugart, Editor-in-Chief, Ecotoxicology, from the U.S., noted that scientists should always be open for ``chances'' and not work with preconceived notions. He released extended abstracts of the papers to be presented at the workshop. More than 90 delegates are taking part in the workshop. The growing marine pollution and its consequences on marine life and the environment are among topics that will be discussed. The workshop is expected to come out with suggestions to contain pollution on Thursday.

Explaining the significance of the workshop, Anupam Sarkar, organising secretary of the workshop, said marine pollution around the world was caused by several types of contaminants. The major contaminants were organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated dibenzo-dioxins and toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic, cobalt and copper.

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