Ecotoxicological research on arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) in Svalbard
Since the arctic fox is a top predator depending to a great extent on the marine arctic food web, they might be a good indicator species of environmental pollution in the Arctic. Previous studies have shown that the PCB levels in arctic foxes from Svalbard are increasing and similar to that found in polar bears from Svalbard,
Arctic fox carcasses from Svalbard, Greenland and the Russian Arctic have been collected since 1996-97.
Data on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in relation to feeding ecology (stable isotopes) has been carried out on samples from 1998-99. Records to date for POPs in the arctic fox is posted on NPI’s MOSJ web-site (http://www.npolar.mosj.no/).