The quality of coastal waters

The quality of coastal waters

The Principality monitors the physical and chemical quality of coastal waters, based on repeated measurements of every component of the marine environment (bodies of water, sediments and living organisms). It also monitors activities and natural and anthropogenic inputs that might affect environmental quality.

In addition to this local monitoring, the Directorate of Environmental Affairs participates in the RINBIO (Réseau d’Intégrateurs Biologiques)(Network of Biological Integrators) campaign, organised every three years by the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and IFREMER (Institut Français pour la Recherche et l’Exploitation de la Mer)(French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea).

This study is based on the use of biological accumulators (moulds), which, by their presence and their demographic, morphological and physiological behaviours, characterise an environment and its evolution. This network offers the advantage of providing homogenous information on levels of contamination observed with regard to the Western Mediterranean (European Mytilos programme).

Finally, health monitoring of bathing water is also undertaken between the beginning of May and the end of September, with weekly sampling and analysis for each bathing site (the Plage des Pêcheurs, the Solarium and the Larvotto). A declaration of conformity is then prepared at the end of each bathing season. The readings are available to the general public at the monitoring station at the Larvotto beach, the "Nice-Matin" daily newspaper and on screens at the entrance to Monaco.

Source: Directorate of Environmental Affairs, Monaco

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