Coastal regions contain some of the most ecologically productive habitats and are critical for their goods and services (Hassan et al., 2005; Watson et al., 2020). Yet, coastal sediments are often heavily contami-nated by metals and metalloids from human activities, leading to sediment accumulation (Bryan and Langston, 1992) and human health risks from bioaccumulation (e.g. Liu et al., 2020). These trace elements (TEs) are also some of the most significant aquatic pollutants with Johnson et al. (2017) placing 10 in the top 20 most toxic substances.
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