This report summarizes the metals and organic contaminant data associated with the collection and analyses of blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) tissue from selected sites along the Gulf of Maine coast during the 2008 sampling season. Contaminant monitoring is conducted by the Gulfwatch Program for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC). A subset of these data is compared with analytical results from earlier Gulfwatch monitoring (2001-2007). Statistical analyses are limited to descriptive measures of replicates from selected sampling sites and include: arithmetic means, and appropriate measures of variance. The primary purpose of this report is to present the current annual results, present graphical representation of spatial and temporal trends and identify potential outliers in order to provide investigators and other interested persons with contemporary information concerning water quality in the Gulf of Maine, as reflected by uptake into resident shellfish (mussels and clams).
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
LeBlanc, Lawrence A.; Krahforst, Christian; Aube, Jamie; Roach, Shawn; Brun, Guy; Harding, Gareth; Hennigar, Peter; Page, David; Jones, Stephen H.; Shaw, Susan; Stahlnecker, James; Schwartz, Jack; Taylor, Darrell; Thorpe, Bruce; and Wells, Peter, "Eighteenth Year of the Gulf of Maine Environmental Monitoring Program" (2009). PREP Reports & Publications. 385.