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Gulfwatch: Monitoring Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Trace Metal and Organic Contaminants in the Gulf of Maine (1991-1997) with the Blue Mussel, "Mytilus edulis," L.

M. E. Chase, S. H. Jones, P. Hennigar
15 pp.
MITSG 01-20J
$1.50 domestic; 3.50 international. DOM

Gulfwatch is an international contaminant monitoring program in which the blue mussel, "Mytilus edulis," is used as an indicator of the level and extent of contamination in Gulf of Maine. Since 1991, trace metals, PAHs, PCBs, and OC pesticides have been measured in mussel tissues at 56 sites. The authors of this paper present the results from the first seven years of Gulfwatch data with an interpretation of the geographic distribution and temporal trends of contaminant concentrations, and comment on potential impacts on marine ecosystems and human health.

type: Technical reports

Parent Project

Project No.: 1998-A-5
Title: MIT Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources