National Status and Trends Program/Mussel Watch and Benthic Surveillance Programs/Contaminants and Biological Response; NODC Archive DataEntry ID: ACC-8900125
Abstract: The National Status and Trends Program (NS&T) was initiated by NOAA to assess the contamination of estuarine and coastal waters of the United States by analyzing bivalves, fish livers and sediments through the Mussel Watch and Benthic Surveillance Programs. The goal of this program is to assess the distribution of contaminants, the biological response to contamination, and the temporal changes in ... the contaminants. Samples were collected and analyzed by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Battelle Ocean Sciences, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and by the Texas A&M Research Foundation (Geochemical and Environmental Research Group). The contaminants analyzed were polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's), total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's), total DDT's and total chlorinated pesticides (non-DDT) and the following metals: Ag, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se, Si, Sn, Tl, Zn.
The first NS&T data available from NODC are the Mussel Watch Data analyzed by Battelle Ocean Sciences. Mussels were collected along the West Coast and in the East Coast (north of Delaware Bay); and oysters were collected from selected sites along the Gulf Coast, East Coast (south of Delaware Bay) and two sites in Hawaii.
The sediment and bivalve data include locations, dates, depth, temperature, salinity, total organic carbon (TOC), total inorganic carbon (TIC), total lipid content, trace metals, PCB's, PAH's and pesticides. In addition, the biovalve data contain species identification, mean shell length, gonadal index and organics; the sediment data include sediment grain size, wet weights, and dry weights.
The Battelle data available from NODC are divided into three phases:
Phase 1: 288 bivalve samples were collected at 96 locations from January 7, 1986 to May 13, 1986; 259 sediment samples were collected at 87 locations from January 15, 1986 to May 14, 1986.
Phase 2: 297 bivalve samples were collected at 99 locations and 232 sediment samples were collected at 72 locations from November 11, 1986 to March 28, 1987.
Phase 3: 321 bivalve samples were collected at 107 locations from November 20, 1987 to March 29, 1988.
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Start Date: 1986-01-01Stop Date: 1989-12-31
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DIF Creation Date: 2001-05-07
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