Partnership to Characterize Human Use Pharmaceuticals in the Southern California Bight to Improve Resource Management
In July, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science traveled to southern California to participate in the Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Marine Monitoring Survey, with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). As part of this effort, sediments were collected for the analysis of human use pharmaceuticals to quantify the distribution and concentration of these bioactive chemicals in the marine environment. There is concern that the continuous input of pharmaceuticals into the aquatic environment could have adverse environmental impacts, ranging from endocrine disruption to the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As part of the project, sediment and water samples are also being collected for the analysis of bacterial and viral pathogens.