Event Title

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

Presentation Abstract

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.

Session Title

Session S-05B: Water Quality II

Conference Track

Toxics

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

Document Type

Event

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Location

Room 608-609

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Rights

This resource is displayed for educational purposes only and may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. For more information about rights or obtaining copies of this resource, please contact University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103, USA (360-650-7534; heritage.resources@wwu.edu) and refer to the collection name and identifier. Any materials cited must be attributed to the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Records, University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Type

Text

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
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.