Contaminant Monitoring in Alaska Expanded to Improve Resource Management
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Mussel Watch Project has expanded its long term efforts in coastal Alaska by adding new sites in late May, including Resurrection Bay near Seward and Nanwalek on Cook Inlet. Both sites were established and samples collected with the collaboration of local Alaska Native communities. Additionally, shellfish were collected at a new location in Bear Cove on Cook Inlet, south of Kachemak Bay, where three species of shellfish used for subsistence are co-located. Shellfish from the site will be collected over time to determine whether mussels can be used as surrogates of persistent organic pollutants in other shellfish, in addition to their known value as a good indicator of general environmental contamination. NCCOS scientists are also working with the Alaska Native community in Dillingham, AK, to establish a future Mussel Watch site in Bristol Bay.