Conducted by a committee of Canadian and US government and university scientists, Gulfwatch examines the effects of decades of development and industrialization on the water quality of the Gulf as it relates to human health primarily through assessing contaminant exposure of marine organisms. Gulfwatch scientists collect blue mussels at over 60 US and Canadian sites Gulfwide, and analyze the organisms’ tissue for potentially harmful levels and concentrations of toxins including heavy metals, chlorinated pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
Wood, Matthew A. and Trowbridge, Philip R., "Shellfish Tissue Monitoring in Piscataqua Region Estuaries 2010 and 2011" (2013). PREP Reports & Publications. 253.