Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Tools and Strategies for Growing Citizen Science

Description

Toxic chemicals enter the Salish Sea from a variety of pathways. Although chemical contaminants in Puget Sound sediments and some organisms are monitored on a regular basis, the geographic distribution and magnitude of contaminants in biota living in nearshore habitats are not well known. In the winter of 2012/13 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), with the help of other state, county and city agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and citizen science volunteers, conducted the first synoptic, Puget Sound-wide assessment of toxic contaminants in nearshore biota. This presentation will provide an overview of the active biomonitoring technique (i.e. transplanted mussels) used by WDFW in this study, and highlight the value and necessity of using citizen volunteers for such an expansive survey. We will present our field and laboratory methodology and summarize results for a major class of contaminants found in the mussels; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). We will discuss lessons learned from our pilot study, describe current and future mussel and sediment monitoring in the nearshore of the Puget Sound, and showcase the collaborative nature of mussel monitoring in Washington State.

Comments

The report for the pilot study mentioned in this presentation is entitled, "Toxic Contaminants in Puget Sound’s Nearshore Biota: A Large-Scale Synoptic Survey Using Transplanted Mussels (Mytilus trossulus)" and is available at this WDFW website - http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01643/.

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Active Biomonitoring: Using Transplanted Mussels to Assess Contaminants in the Salish Sea’s Nearshore Habitats

2016SSEC

Toxic chemicals enter the Salish Sea from a variety of pathways. Although chemical contaminants in Puget Sound sediments and some organisms are monitored on a regular basis, the geographic distribution and magnitude of contaminants in biota living in nearshore habitats are not well known. In the winter of 2012/13 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), with the help of other state, county and city agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and citizen science volunteers, conducted the first synoptic, Puget Sound-wide assessment of toxic contaminants in nearshore biota. This presentation will provide an overview of the active biomonitoring technique (i.e. transplanted mussels) used by WDFW in this study, and highlight the value and necessity of using citizen volunteers for such an expansive survey. We will present our field and laboratory methodology and summarize results for a major class of contaminants found in the mussels; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). We will discuss lessons learned from our pilot study, describe current and future mussel and sediment monitoring in the nearshore of the Puget Sound, and showcase the collaborative nature of mussel monitoring in Washington State.