Persistent pollutants in the arctic fox

Updated 2000-10-30

* Standarise the sampling methods from tissues and organs from arctic fox for organochlorine analyses * study the relationship between concentrations of organochlorines in blood samples and tissues * compare the levels of organochlorines in arctic foxes from Svalbard, Greenland and Russia

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:

Due to the infection risk analysing of samples have currently stoped. An "Isolate-facility" specifically designed for work with arctic foxes potentially infected with agents such as rabies and Echinococcus multilocularis, is planned according to current regulations to ensure no contamination/infection to personel or environment.

Time frame

Project time span
1990 -
Data collection
1990 -
Data processing
1990 -
Data reporting
1996 -

Contact information

Contact person
Eva Fuglei
Norwegian Polar Institute The Polar Environmental Centre N-9296 Tromsø Norway
+47 77 75 05 28
+47 77 75 05 01

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine mammals
Terrestrial mammals


Regions studied
Marine TDC
Marine TDC
Marine TDC

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Marine TDC
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

The Veterinary Institute (Oslo) has the following samples from arctic fox frozen at -20 degree C: 1985-from 58 animals, brain, liver, kidney and fat samples 1986-45 animals, brain, liver, kidney and fat 1986-24 animals, liver and kidney 1988-2 animals, liver and kidney 1990-5 animals, liver and kidney 1991-42 animals, brain 1994-33 animals, liver, muscle and fat 1995-1 animal, liver, kidney, muscle and fat 1996-9 animals, liver, kidney and muscle 1996-1 animal, liver, kidney, muscle and fat These samples are stored frozen for future. Plan unknown. The Norwegian Polar Institute has the following samples from arctic fox frozen at -20 degree C: 1996-97, 15 fox carcasses from 4 different areas on Svalbard 1997-98, 119 fox carcasses from 5 different areas on Svalbard 1998-99, 103 fox arcasses from 5 different areas on Svalbard 1999-2000, 100 fox carcasses from 5 different areas on Svalbard We have 10 arctic fox carcasses from Russia collected in 1999 (5 animals from Nizh Pesha and 5 animals from Amderma), all stored frozen at NP (-20 degrees C). We also have stored frozen samples of liver, kidney and fat from arctic foxes captured at 9 different locations on Greenland during 1991-1994. 1991, 5 animals 1992, 90 animals 1993, 151 animals 1994, 20 animals

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.

Foxes are sampled from local trappers on Svalbard in the period November 1 to March 15. We plan to study time series of levels of POPs and heavy metals in the arcric fox population on Svalbard. For details on storage, see specimen banking (above)

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

National Water Research Institute, Environment Canada

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