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Bioaccumulation of Contaminants in Crabs and Clams in Bellingham Bay

Publication number Date Published
91-e04September 1991
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Author(s) Cubbage, J.
Description Bellingham Bay supports commercial and recreational shellfish harvest. Industrial and municipal discharges into the bay have contributed to high sediment concentrations of mercury and PCBs. To investigate potential bioaccumulation of contaminants in shellfish, crab (Cancer magister) muscle was collected from eight sites and littleneck clams (Tapes japonica, Protothaca staminea) from four sites and tested for concentrations of PCBs, other organochlorine compounds including chloropyrifos and pentachlorophenol, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and mercury. Clams were also tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).
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Keywords GIS, organochlorine, accumulation, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, industrial, bioassessment, hydrocarbons, metals, natural resources, pesticides, contaminant, fish, study, sediment, Puget Sound, shellfish, mercury, PCBs, lead, cadmium
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