Lerebours, A.; Smith, J.T.

Impact of environmental radiation on the health and reproductive status of fish from Chernobyl, Ukraine 2014 to 2015

Data comprise health, reproductive status and relative abundance of mature perch and roach collected in September 2014, March 2015, June 2015 and September 2015 from lakes in Belarus and Ukraine. Measurements presented include age, weight, length, presence of external signs of disease and presence of macroscopic tumors. The Fulton condition index (K), hepatosomatic index (HSI) and gonadosomatic index (GSI) of fish are also presented.
The lakes (selected according to hydrological properties and long-term exposure to a gradient of radiation dose) are situated at distances from 1.5 to 225 km of the Chernobyl NPP. Glubokoye, Yanovsky lakes and Cooling Pond are the high (H) contaminated lakes, Svyatoye Lake is a medium (M) contaminated lake, and Stoyacheye, Dvoriche and Gorova lakes are the low (L) contaminated lakes.

Publication date: 2019-03-20

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Lerebours, A.; Smith, J.T. (2019). Impact of environmental radiation on the health and reproductive status of fish from Chernobyl, Ukraine 2014 to 2015. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/02a53248-1bfd-4f1e-8f76-888551635c98

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2014-01-01    to    2015-12-31

Provenance & quality

Health and reproductive status was assessed in perch and roach of similar weight and length collected in September 2014, March 2015 and September 2015 from lakes in Belarus and Ukraine using gill nets of 20 m length and 21 mm mesh size to ensure capture of homogeneous groups of mature fish.
Relative abundance of fish species in each lake was evaluated by recording the number of fish caught for each species during an additional sampling session in June 2015. Scales were sampled for age determination. Body weight, total length, and presence of external signs of disease and macroscopic tumors were noted for each fish.
The Fulton condition index (K), hepatosomatic index (HSI) and gonadosomatic index (GSI) of fish were determined as K = body weight/ (total length (cm)3) x 100; HSI = (liver weight/body weight) x 100 and GSI = (gonad weight/body weight) x 100, respectively.
Lakes were selected according to hydrological properties and long-term exposure to a gradient of radiation dose. The lakes are situated at distances from 1.5 to 225 km of the Chernobyl NPP. Glubokoye, Yanovsky lakes and Cooling Pond are the high (H) contaminated lakes, Svyatoye Lake is a medium (M) contaminated lake, and Stoyacheye, Dvoriche and Gorova lakes are the low (L) contaminated lakes.

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Lerebours, A.; Smith, J.T. (2019). Water chemistry of seven lakes in Belarus and Ukraine 2014 to 2016. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.
Lerebours, A., Gudkov, D., Nagorskaya, L., Kaglyan, A., Rizewski, V., Leshchenko, A., … Smith, J.T. (2018). Impact of Environmental Radiation on the Health and Reproductive Status of Fish from Chernobyl. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(16), 9442–9450.

Correspondence/contact details

Guler, Y.
University of Portsmouth
 yasminguler@hotmail.com

Authors

Lerebours, A.
University of Portsmouth
Smith, J.T.
University of Portsmouth

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Keywords
Radioecology
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
EPSG::CRS:84
Last updated
2019-09-06