Contaminants, food security and indigenous peoples in the Russian Barents Region

Updated 2000-10-09

The objective of this project is to obtain a comprehensive and verifiable information on contaminant exposure of indigenous populations of the Russian Barents Region through aquatic food. Subgoals: To evaluate the contaminant uptakes for blood samples that have been collected by health workers from local indigenous populations, focusing on cord blood levels. To connect and integrate the project and protocols with the ongoing cord blood study of indigenous peoples of Alaska and Eastern Russia, lead by dr. Jim Berner and others in the region.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2000 - 2002
Data collection
2000 - 2001
Data processing
2001 - 2002
Data reporting
2002 - 2002

Contact information

Contact person
Jon Øyvind Odland
Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø Norway
+47 77 64 48 16
+47 77 64 48 31
Other project contacts
AMAP Secretariat

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media


Regions studied
Human Health TDC

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Human Health TDC
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
The project is finished, and the Report has been written and published through the AMAP secretariate; The Russian PTS-Report; Persistent Toxic Substances and Indigenous Health in the Arctic.
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
A total of 25 scientific papers in Pubmed and basis for the AMAP HHAG Reports 2009 and 2015
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information


Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Blood from mother and cord blood, vacutainer sampling, storing by 70 C.

QA/QC Information (what QA/QC procedures are implemented, laboratories involvment in QA/QC activities, model verification/validation routines, etc.)

NILU Norway Centre de Toxicologie du Quebec CDC, Atlanta

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

US EPA AMAP Secretariat

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

See text

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