[MARMAM] Emerging flame retardants in right whales
emontie at marine.usf.edu
Fri Jul 30 12:39:16 PDT 2010
I would like to inform you about our recent publication in Marine
Title: Brominated flame retardants and organochlorine contaminants in
winter flounder, harp and hooded seals, and North Atlantic right whales
from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean
Authors: Eric W. Montie, Robert J. Letcher, Christopher M. Reddy,
Michael J. Moore, Belinda Rubinstein, and Mark E. Hahn
Abstract: Various brominated flame retardants (BFRs), including
polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and current-use, non-PBDE BFRs,
as well as organochlorine (OC) pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls
(PCBs), were measured in winter flounder, harp and hooded seals, and
North Atlantic right whales from the Eastern United States and Canada.
The concentrations of PBDEs in winter flounder and right whales were
similar in magnitude to the levels of PCBs, which was unlike the pattern
observed in seals. In these marine mammals, the levels of PBDEs were
orders of magnitude lower than the levels of OCs and PCBs detected.
Evidence existed for the accumulation of methoxylated (MeO)-PBDEs of
natural origin in seals and right whales. Current-use, non-PBDE BFRs
(including hexabromocyclododecane, pentabromoethylbenzene,
hexabromobenzene, and pentabromotoluene) were detected in winter
flounder and marine mammals. Future research should focus on monitoring
PBDEs, current-use, non-PBDE BFRs, and MeO-BDEs of natural origin in
marine organisms from Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays.
If you would like a reprint of this publication, please contact me at
the following email - emontie at marine.usf.edu.
Eric W. Montie, M.S., Ph.D.
NOAA Oceans and Human Health Postdoctoral Fellow
College of Marine Science
University of South Florida
140 Seventh Avenue South; KRC 2107
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5016
Office Phone: (727) 553-1237
Fax: (727) 553-1189
E-mail: emontie at marine.usf.edu
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