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Marine Environmental Monitoring
Entry ID: gomc_128

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Abstract: In the late 1980s, we initiated a project to assess the levels and
locations of toxic contaminants along the coast.

The project's immediate goals were

1. to gather sufficient information to enable us to define "normal"
environmental levels of certain toxic chemicals,

2. to determine whether levels pose an unacceptable risk to humans and/or
coastal marine life, and

3. to be able to discriminate between natural sources and human sources.

Purpose: The objective of our monitoring is to assess environmental health.
However, by reporting test results on popular seafood products, we risk
discouraging readers from eating seafood when most nutritionists and medical
professionals recommend a varied diet that includes fish and seafood. Seafood
is low in fats and cholesterol, is rich in minerals and vitamins, and contains
the beneficial ... View entire text
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Description: Additional information about this monitoring program and data are available
from this web site.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 44.86   S: 43.07   E: -66.98   W: -70.69

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1989-01-01
Quality An accepted feature of all sample results is variability. For many reasons,
separate samples from the same areas yield slightly different results. Although
we try to eliminate as many of these reasons through standardization,
replication, quality assurance and quality control measures, some are
impractical if not impossible to eliminate. For example, ... View entire text
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Data Set Progress
Data Center
Bureau of Land and Water Quality, Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (207) 287-7666
Email: lee.doggett at
Contact Address:
Hospital St.
City: Augusta
Province or State: Maine
Postal Code: 04333-0017
Country: USA
Distribution Media: On line
Distribution Format: graphs
Fees: none

Distribution Media: On line
Distribution Format: tables
Fees: none
Phone: (207) 287-6710
Email: susanne.k.meidel at
Contact Address:
Hospital St.
City: Augusta
Province or State: Maine
Postal Code: 04333-0017
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23