Landmark review of toxics in marine ecosystems influences international debates
Institute director Dr. Susan Shaw recently co-authored the first comprehensive review paper, “PBDEs in the Marine Ecosystems of the American Continents: Foresight from Current Knowledge,” tracing the movement of flame retardant chemicals from land to sea in North America. Published in the journal Reviews on Environmental Health 24 (2009), it has quickly gained attention acoss the US, Europe, China, and Japan.
Institute Research Fuels Policy on Toxic Flame Retardants
The Institute’s finding of toxic flame retardant chemicals (PBDEs) in tissues of harbor seals and commercially important coastal marine fishes (hake, herring, flounder, mackerel) along the US Atlantic coast has fueled policy in Maine and nation-wide. This independent research won awards for being the first to detect the widespread ecosystem contamination by toxic chemicals used in foam furniture, baby products, computers, and electronics. Although phased out of use in late 2009, huge reservoirs of PBDEs are migrating from consumer products in homes and landfills and ultimately make their way to the sea. To read the report click here.
NEW Study Tracks Toxic BFR Replacement Chemicals in Marine Food Web
The Institute is requesting pinniped tissues from the NMFS Northeast Region Stranding Network for a new research initiative, Emerging Contaminants in the Northwest Atlantic Marine Food Web, that we are conducting as part of the long-term Seals As Sentinels project. We invite all Northeast Region Stranding Network members to participate in this region-wide study, beginning with sample collection during the spring-summer stranding season 2010. Click here for details.
Dr. Susan Shaw to head second Explorers Club Ocean Forum in December
Marine scientists agree that the world’s oceans are in crisis. To bring the ocean crisis to world attention, Institute Founder and Director Dr. Susan Shaw is chairing a series of State of the Ocean Forums at the Explorers Club. In March, 2009, distinguished panelists including Drs. Shaw, Sylvia Earle, Nancy Knowlton, David Gallo, and David Guggenheim delivered a powerful message about the ocean decline and called Explorers to action. For more, see our Homepage.
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