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Contaminant Specialists Attend Annual SETAC Meeting.

Date Posted: December 7, 2009

Over two dozen FWS Environmental Contaminant (EC) Specialists attended the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in New Orleans, Louisiana, during the week of November 19-23. EC specialists presented research and management actions on a variety of topics, including water quality, endocrine disruption, pesticides, salinity, persistent organic pollutants, metals, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, and invasive species control, often in cooperation with other federal and state agencies, universities, and NGO groups. Presentations highlighted the effects of these stressors to rare and sensitive species, and species occurring on protected lands. FWS EC biologists co-chaired the short course committee, co-instructed a short course on freshwater mussel toxicology, and co-chaired the amphibian and reptile ecotoxicology session. The Environmental Contaminants Program also hosted an exhibitor booth in the main hall of the conference, providing information about the FWS’s role in protecting fish and wildlife from the effects of pollutants to over 2000 meeting attendees.
EC presentations included:

Effects of lead exposure to southern leopard frogs (Rana sphenocephala) – a biomonitoring project. 26

Statistically-Based Dietary Toxicity Reference Values for Mink Exposure to 2,3,7,8-TCDD Equivalents. 244
Challenges for Lake Mead Ecosystem Health and Resource Management in the 21st Century. 388
Effects of Waterborne Lipophilic Contaminants from Locations in the San Francisco Estuary on Juvenile Striped Bass. 391
Endocrine and Gonadal Condition of Male Common Carp from Various Locations in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. 393
Assessment of reproductive condition of two fish species in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. 394
Population declines in yellow perch (Perca flavescens) from Chesapeake Bay tributaries: Is there evidence of reproductive impairment? 395
Effects of Herbicides on an Endangered Butterfly. 439
EC posters included:
Toxicity assessment of metal-contaminated sediments from the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Oklahoma with the amphipod Hyalella azteca. FP176
The Role of Post-Construction Monitoring and Adaptive Management in the NRD Restoration Process. FP237
Endocrine and Gonadal Condition of Male Largemouth Bass from Lake Mead, Nevada. SP069
Evaluation of Contaminants and Endocrine Disruption in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Estuary. SP076
Chemical Contaminants, Pathogen Exposure and General Health Status of Live and Beach-Cast Washington Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). SP216
Estimating Effects of Herbicide Use on Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. SP219
Liver contaminants in bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) carcasses from Maine. SP226
Organic Contaminants and Methylmercury in Storm-petrel eggs from St. Lazaria Island, Alaska. SP228
Temporal and spatial trends of Hg in Bald Eagles in Michigan. SP235
Using Bald Eagle Sentinel Data to Determine Status and Recovery of Wildlife Related Beneficial Use Impairments in Michigan Areas of Concern. SP239
You Are Where You Eat: Avian Mercury Exposure at the Great Salt Lake, Utah. SP242
Assessing the Toxicity of Seepage and Runoff with Elevated TDS to Juvenile Mussels, Amphipods, and Cladocerans. UP005
Effects of Salt and Selenium from Saline Seeps on Waterfowl and Shorebirds using Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge in Montana. MP039
Field assessment of mercury exposure to Colorado pikeminnow within designated critical habitat. MP045
Sturgeon and Metals: A Comparison of Toxicological Sensitivity. MP076
Pesticide Use and Environmental Compliance in the US Fish and Wildlife Service. MP117
Concentrations of PCDDs and PCDFs in Eggs and Diets of Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers. MP180


Roger Helm 703-358-2148



SETAC, New Orleans 2009 Abstract Book (3.7 MB pdf)

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