NCCOS Scientists Engage the Environmental Monitoring Community at the Sixth National Monitoring Conference and Unveil the Results of Twenty Years of Mussel Watch Monitoring
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the Integrated Ocean Observing system (IOOS) and the National Monitoring Network (NMN) in a presentation given at the Sixth National Monitoring Conference in Atlantic City. Scientists and managers from Federal, State, and Local government as well as Canada and Europe were in attendance and provided positive feedback to the twenty-year national assessment of Mussel Watch contaminant monitoring. Other elements of the Mussel Watch were highlighted such as the Specimen Banking of archived samples currently in use for a retrospective analysis of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a new class of emerging contaminants, and the availability of a long-term mussel and oyster histopathology data set that may provide insight into global climate change.
Significance: NOAA’s Mussel Watch analyzes mussels and oysters from coastal areas around the country to help determine if levels of contaminants are increasing or decreasing. This can help show if environmental management efforts are working.