Contaminants monitored

The TBiOS team measures a wide range of toxic contaminants across a broad group of organisms, including Pacific herring, English sole, blue mussels, and Pacific salmon.  Below is a list of contaminant groups we typically monitor in Puget Sound.

Contaminants Currently Monitored

Group Name Analytes Typical Biota Monitored
Persistent Organic Pollutants 11 Polybrominated diphenylethers or PBDEs fish and invertebrates
Persistent Organic Pollutants 40 Polychlorinated Biphenyls or PCBs fish and invertebrates
Organochlorine Pesticides DDTs, DDDs, DDEs, chlordanes, hexachlorocyclohexanes, hexachlorobenzene, Aldrin, Dieldrin, Endosulfan I, and Mirex fish and invertebrates
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons 42 PAHs invertebrates
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Metabolites of PAHs fish bile
Inorganic Metals Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, zinc, copper, chromium fish and mussels

Contaminants of Emerging Concern (newly developed or employed analyses, or analyses being developed)

Group Name Analytes Typical Biota Monitored
Estrogenic compounds Bisphenols, synthetic and natural estrogens fish and mussels
Pharmeceuticals and Personal Care Products 142 compounds fish and mussels
Perfluorinated Chemicals 13 compounds including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) fish and mussels
Alkylphenols 4-nonylphenol (NP), 4-n-octylphenol (OP), 4-nonylphenol monoethoxylate (NP1EO) and 4-nonylphenyl diethoxylate (NP2EO) fish and mussels
Current Use Pesticides Organochlorine, organophosphorus, organonitrogen, triazine, and pyrethroid pesticides fish and mussels