NCCOS Mussel Watch Data Assists Management of Emerging Contaminants
A scientist from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science gave an oral presentation that detailed National bivalve body burdens of Polybromated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) from 153 nationally distributed Mussel Watch sites. The presentation, “National Status and Trends Mussel Watch Program: An Assessment of Polychlorinated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in Sediment and Bivalves of U.S. Coastal Waters” was given at the U.S. EPA Workshop on Building an Integrated Surveillance System for Emerging Chemicals in the Great Lakes and Nationwide, July 16-18, 2007 in Chicago, IL. The conference was attended by representatives of States bordering the Great Lakes, Environment Canada, universities, NOAA, U.S. Geologic Survey, Food and Drug Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency. Attendees acknowledged the value of the Mussel Watch data as a necessary piece in assessing emerging contaminants.