Monitoring of pesticide residues in water and sediments was conducted for the coastal shallow Karabogaz Lake, northern Turkey. During a one-year study period, eight pesticides (malathion, etofenprox, molinate, oxamyl, propamocarb hydrochloride, tebufenozide, linuron, piperonyl butoxide) were detected in water and in sediments, all at mu g/L and mu g/kg concentrations, respectively. Temporal variation in pesticide concentrations was observed. Highest pesticide concentrations in water and sediment were from tebufenozide and etofenprox, respectively. Aquatic risk assessments revealed that out of eight pesticides detected, three showed unaccaptable risk: malathion, oxamyl and etofenprox.