Persistent organic pollutants in chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): implications for resident killer whales of British Columbia and adjacent waters.

@article{Cullon2009PersistentOP,
  title={Persistent organic pollutants in chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): implications for resident killer whales of British Columbia and adjacent waters.},
  author={Donna L. Cullon and Mark B. Yunker and Carl Alleyne and Neil J Dangerfield and Sandra M O'neill and Michael J. Whiticar and Peter S. Ross},
  journal={Environmental toxicology and chemistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={148-61}
}
We measured persistent organic pollutant (POP) concentrations in chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in order to characterize dietary exposure in the highly contaminated, salmon-eating northeastern Pacific resident killer whales. We estimate that 97 to 99% of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) in returning adult chinook were acquired… CONTINUE READING

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