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Characterization of contaminants in snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) from Canadian Lake Erie Areas of Concern: St. Clair River, Detroit River, and Wheatley Harbour.
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PMID:  15276278     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PCBs, organochlorine pesticides and dioxins/furans in snapping turtle eggs and plasma (Chelydra serpentina) were evaluated at three Areas of Concern (AOCs) on Lake Erie and its connecting channels (St. Clair River, Detroit River, and Wheatley Harbour), as well as two inland reference sites (Algonquin Provincial Park and Tiny Marsh) in 2001-2002. Eggs from the Detroit River and Wheatley Harbour AOCs had the highest levels of p,p'-DDE (24.4 and 57.9 ng/g) and sum PCBs (928.6 and 491.0 ng/g) wet weight, respectively. Contaminant levels in eggs from St. Clair River AOC were generally higher than those from Algonquin Park, but similar to those from Tiny Marsh. Dioxins appeared highest from the Detroit River. The PCB congener pattern in eggs suggested that turtles from the Detroit River and Wheatley Harbour AOCs were exposed to Aroclor 1260. TEQs of sum PCBs in eggs from all AOCs and p,p'-DDE levels in eggs from the Wheatley Harbour and the Detroit River AOCs exceeded the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines. Furthermore, sum PCBs in eggs from Detroit River and Wheatley Harbour exceeded partial restriction guidelines for consumption. Although estimated PCB body burdens in muscle tissue of females were well below consumption guidelines, estimated residues in liver and adipose were above guidelines for most sites.
Shane R de Solla; Kimberly J Fernie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  132     ISSN:  0269-7491     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-27     Completed Date:  2004-12-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  101-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Canadian Wildlife Service, Canada Centre for Inland Waters, 867 Lakeshore Road, Box 5050, Burlington, ON, L7R 4A6.
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MeSH Terms
Aroclors / analysis
Dichlorodiphenyl Dichloroethylene / analysis
Dioxins / analysis,  blood
Environmental Monitoring / methods
Fresh Water / chemistry*
Furans / analysis,  blood
Guidelines as Topic
Insecticides / analysis,  blood
Ovum / chemistry
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / analysis,  blood
Rivers / chemistry
Turtles / blood,  metabolism*
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*,  blood
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Aroclors; 0/Dioxins; 0/Furans; 0/Insecticides; 0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical; 11096-82-5/aroclor 1260; 72-55-9/Dichlorodiphenyl Dichloroethylene

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