Abstract Title

Session S-05B: Water Quality II

Keywords

Toxics

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Description

Fossil fuels are a significant source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution in coastal watersheds and marine habitats throughout the Salish Sea. These widespread chemical contaminants are highly toxic to the embryos and larvae of freshwater and marine fish. This presentation will review NOAA oil spill research on PAH toxicity, from the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Prince William Sound to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon event in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Related threats to Salish Sea fish species will be discussed, in the context of future (episodic) oil spills and the more chronic ecological forcing pressure of non-point source urban stormwater runoff to fish spawning habitats.

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May 1st, 10:30 AM May 1st, 12:00 PM

Oil spills and urban stormwater runoff: common threats to the early life stages of fish in the Salish Sea

Room 608-609

Fossil fuels are a significant source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution in coastal watersheds and marine habitats throughout the Salish Sea. These widespread chemical contaminants are highly toxic to the embryos and larvae of freshwater and marine fish. This presentation will review NOAA oil spill research on PAH toxicity, from the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Prince William Sound to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon event in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Related threats to Salish Sea fish species will be discussed, in the context of future (episodic) oil spills and the more chronic ecological forcing pressure of non-point source urban stormwater runoff to fish spawning habitats.