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Ecological Services Program in the Upper Midwest

 

Understanding Contaminants of

Emerging Concern

 

Fish collection on the St. Louis River in Minnesota.

Fish collection on the St. Louis River in Minnesota.
Photo by USFWS

January 25, 2016

 

Contaminants in the environment have posed challenges for decades, but in the past several years, emerging contaminants like pharmaceuticals, fire retardants and others have prompted concern about their impact on fish and wildlife. Some impacts include feminization of male fish, irregular courtship and nest-guarding behavior, decrease in predator-escape response, and declines in prey species and sport fish populations.

 

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We have Ecological Services Field Offices in each of the eight upper Midwest States. For project reviews, Section 7 consultation, or information about endangered species that you do not find on this site, please contact the Field Office in your state.

 


 

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Last updated: January 27, 2016