Participation in Workshop Designed to Address Endocrine Disruption in the Environment
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently helped organize and run a workshop on endocrine disruption in the environment, which resulted in proposals for future work to address this problem. Workshop goals included measuring progress made over the last 10 years in understanding endocrine disruption in wildlife and humans, and identifying specific areas of potential endocrine disruption research and monitoring collaboration and cooperation. In addition to the organizational roles NCCOS played, a NCCOS scientist also presented an overview of NOAA research to about 75 workshop attendees, which included NOAA Fisheries scientists from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and the Office of Protected Resources, and scientists and managers from a number of other federal agencies. Outcomes included proposals to: expand current work to assess endocrine disruption in fish in the Potomac Basin (which NCCOS is involved in), conduct an integrative assessment of reproductive health in wildlife and possibly humans, refine risk assessment techniques for endocrine disruption endpoints, and collaborate better on the development of analytical methods. The workshop, which was part of the activities of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Toxics and Risk Subcommittee, was held February 20-22, 2007 at the U.S. Geological Survey headquarters in Reston, Virginia.