Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Toxic Contaminants in Salish Sea Biota

Description

King County recently initiated a long-term monitoring program for contaminants in fish and shellfish tissue, with both a freshwater and a marine component. In 2014, the marine program collected crab (Dungeness and Red Rock) near public piers in Elliott Bay and two additional Puget Sound locations within King County. Samples were analyzed for metals, including mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls. Fishers commonly consume both crab species; therefore, these data can be used by public health agencies to update consumption advisories, as necessary. These data will also be compared to crab tissue data recently collected by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The overall objective of the crab tissue monitoring is to track changes over time and fill local data gaps to allow better estimation of both human and ecological health risks in King County waters. This presentation will briefly summarize the 2014 crab results and provide a comparison to other regional data from Puget Sound.

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Current Chemical Body Burdens in Dungeness and Red Rock Crab from Elliott Bay and King County Marine Waters

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King County recently initiated a long-term monitoring program for contaminants in fish and shellfish tissue, with both a freshwater and a marine component. In 2014, the marine program collected crab (Dungeness and Red Rock) near public piers in Elliott Bay and two additional Puget Sound locations within King County. Samples were analyzed for metals, including mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls. Fishers commonly consume both crab species; therefore, these data can be used by public health agencies to update consumption advisories, as necessary. These data will also be compared to crab tissue data recently collected by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The overall objective of the crab tissue monitoring is to track changes over time and fill local data gaps to allow better estimation of both human and ecological health risks in King County waters. This presentation will briefly summarize the 2014 crab results and provide a comparison to other regional data from Puget Sound.