Biomagnification, oceanographic processes, and the distribution of toxic contaminants in Puget Sound's pelagic food web

Category: Fish/Shellfish Research

Published: 2017

Pages: 2

Author(s): West, J.W., Krembs, C., Lanksbury, J.A., Ylitalo, G.M., and O'Neill, S.M.

Puget Sound’s pelagic food web is characterized by high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in its apex predators, including killer whales (Orcinus orca; Ross et al. 2000) and harbor seals (Phoca vitulina; Ross et al. 2004), and in the pelagic fish and invertebrate prey that make up the base of this food web (West et al. 2008, O'Neill and West 2009, West et al. 2011a, 2011b).

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West, J.W., Krembs, C., Lanksbury, J.A., Ylitalo, G.M., and O'Neill, S.M. (2017) Biomagnification, oceanographic processes, and the distribution of toxic contaminants in Puget Sound's pelagic food web. p. 37 In 2016 Salish Sea Toxics Monitoring Review: A Selection of Research. Edited by C.A. James, J. Lanksbury, D. Lester, S. O'Neill, T. Roberts, C. Sullivan, J. West. Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. Tacoma, WA. 68 pp; https://www.eopugetsound.org/sites/default/files/features/resources/PSEMP_2016_ToxicsSynthesis%202017.05.09.pdf