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==Portal on Marine Ecotoxicology==
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'''Compendium for Coast and Sea - creating a marine science-policy interface'''
[[Image:300px-Paracelsus.jpg|thumb|left|180px|Paracelsus (1493 - 1541)]]
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The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an integrated knowledge document about the socio-economic, environmental and institutional aspects of the coast and sea in Flanders and Belgium. As such, it constitutes a one-stop shop for data and information from the Flemish and Belgian marine and maritime research community and experts. The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an initiative of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and was developed in close collaboration with experts from the research community, government, industry and civil society organisations. The first version of the Compendium was launched in 2013, a second edition was presented in 2015.
The founder of toxicology, Paracelsus (1493 - 1541) is most famous for his quote “'''All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous'''”. With this, he indicated that in sufficiently large doses all substances can be toxic. At present there are about 100,000 chemicals known which might cause harm to humans or the environment. Ecotoxicology is the study of the harmful effects that chemical substances can have on living organisms and the environment. Information on the occurrence of chemicals and their effects on the environment provides an indication of the [[pollution]] level and associated [[Environmental risk assessment of marine activities|risks]]. Living organisms can accumulate certain chemicals in their bodies, which is called [[bioaccumulation]].  
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This portal shows and clarify research related to marine ecotoxicology. Through [[Portal:Ecotox/News|case studies]] at different trophic levels you will get acquainted with different groups of toxic substances and their effects on marine and estuarine organisms. This portal also lists the substances from [[OSPAR_List_of_priority_substances|OSPAR]] and the [[WFD_list_of_priority_substances|Waterframework directive]].
 

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Compendium for Coast and Sea - creating a marine science-policy interface


The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an integrated knowledge document about the socio-economic, environmental and institutional aspects of the coast and sea in Flanders and Belgium. As such, it constitutes a one-stop shop for data and information from the Flemish and Belgian marine and maritime research community and experts. The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an initiative of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and was developed in close collaboration with experts from the research community, government, industry and civil society organisations. The first version of the Compendium was launched in 2013, a second edition was presented in 2015.