Organochlorine Industrial Compounds, Pesticides and Mercury in Fish From the Belcher Islands Region, Northwest Territories, Canada

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: contaminants, mercury, fish, arctic char, pesticides

Principal Investigator: Hermanson, Mark (5)
Licence Number: 12691
Organization: Academy of Natural Sciences
Licensed Year(s): 1994 1993 1992 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: Self

Objective(s): To identify the extent of contamination, from atmospheric deposition, of fish from this region.

Project Description: Fish (most likely Arctic charr) will be obtained either by purchase or by individual collection to analyze for chlorinated organic industrial compounds, pesticides and mercury. Few of these contaminants were ever used in the Arctic. They have been shown to travel to the Arctic through the atmosphere and accumulate in lake sediments and in fish tissues. An attempt will be made to relate the level of contamination to age, size or type of fish.