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Document Title:

Environmental Contaminants in Tissues from an Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) Recovered in Wellfleet, Massachusetts

AUTHOR(S):
Steven E. Mierzykowski


REPORT NUMBER:
FY09-MEFO-4?EC
PAGES:
1 - 44

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2010

ABSTRACT:
On February 2, 2007, a family walking along a Cape Cod beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, came upon a large dead sturgeon in the sand. The 5 foot, 45 pound sturgeon was later identified as a male Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) with an estimated age of 17 years. Atlantic sturgeon are long-lived, late maturing, estuarine-dependent, anadromous, benthic feeding fish that inhabit the Atlantic coast from the Canadian Maritimes to Florida. Since very little information is available regarding contaminant burdens in Atlantic sturgeon from the New England area, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) funded an Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) so contaminant concentrations in muscle, liver, and gonad samples from the sturgeon carcass could be determined. Single samples of each tissue type were analyzed for dioxins, furans, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), polychlorinated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), other organic compounds (e.g., DDT, chlordanes), trace metals (e.g., arsenic, mercury, lead), and lipid content. Interagency Agreement Number: EM133F-06-IA-0185 NMFS Reference/Requisition Number: NFFM 5100-6-00657 USFWS Region 5 ID: 53411-1901-5015

DOCUMENT LINK:
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/mainecontaminants/pdf/Wellfleet_AtlanticSturgeonReport_Final.pdf, 550 KB

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Maine Contaminants Program

Last updated: February 13, 2013