Joint Research with Korean Scientists on Endocrine Disruption in Fish
Two scientists from South Korea’s National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) are in the U.S. to participate in joint research and an interagency project on endocrine disruption in fish, to aid understanding of ecological impacts. The Koreans are working with scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assess endocrine disruption in fish in the Potomac River and several other rivers in the Chesapeake watershed. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can mimic or inhibit natural hormones in the body, and can impact vital life processes, including development, growth, metabolism, and reproduction. This is part of an ongoing NOAA bilateral agreement with the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, administered by NOS’s International Programs Office, to collaborate on integrated coastal and ocean resources management joint projects.