Survey water, sediment and fish/shrimp
for indications of toxics and pathogens
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
Deployed seaward of barrier islands sampling water, sediments, and fish/shrimp/crab
populations. Samples are examined for toxic contaminants, metals, hydrocarbons,
pesticides, and pathogens. (e.g. bacteria, viruses)
- Oct 12, 2005 – NOAA’s National Status and
Trends Program recently
completed a 2 week field mission to LA, MS, and AL to sample sediment,
water, and oyster tissue chemical and pathogenic contaminant
concentrations in shallow water coastal habitats of the impacted region.
Samples also were collected for FDA, USGS, and NOAA’s
Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR).
Samples collected will be compared to the 20 year history of monitoring
data in the region, as well as to neighboring regions of the eastern and
western Gulf of Mexico. For a more detailed description of this work, access
to historical data, and photographs of the field work, please
- Sep 28, 2005 - NOAA Ship NANCY FOSTER will depart Tampa
FL on Wednesday, 28 September
for a cruise to sample water, fish/shrimp and sediments from northwest
Florida across the northern Gulf of Mexico. The cruise will last seven
days and provide continued monitoring for the presence of toxics and
- Sep 16, 2005 - NOAA ship NANCY FOSTER returned to Pensacola
FL on 9/16, and offloaded samples and scientific party. Samples for toxic
chemicals and pathogens were sent to NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science
Center (NWFSC) Seattle for analysis. Samples
include 66 Atlantic croaker which will be a sentinel species because of its
broad distribution in the region. Some results may be available as soon as
Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and review are complete. Nutrients
from water samples are being processed at Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological
Laboratory (AOML) Miami, including CTD, nutrient, plankton and sea water
F/V Patricia Jean 9/13-9/19 2005.
Deployed in Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound, and Lake Borgne for toxicological
studies. Water, sediments, and shrimp samples will be tested for toxic contaminants,
metals, hydrocarbons, pesticides, and pathogens.
- Sep 19, 2005 - Chartered FV PATRICIA JEAN returned to
Bon Secour, AL on 9/19, offloading scientific samples. The vessel took 70
composite (multiple animal) shrimp samples, sediments and other observations.
A description of the sampling locations and some ancillary observations is
attached. Samples sent to NWFSC for toxics and pathogens analysis. Sample
results will be available under a similar policy with NANCY FOSTER results.
26, 2005 - The FV PATRICIA JEAN will depart on/about 9/26 to sample
in Mississippi Sound and farther offshore to obtain biological samples
for toxics/pathogens. The vessel will also deploy drifters to assist OAR/AOML
hydrodynamic modeling. Vessel will sample for 7 days. These cruises are
now planned to occur biweekly for the next two months to provide temporal
changes in toxics/pathogens.
Sep 22, 2005 - The NSF Vessel CAPE HATTERAS is
conducting a cruise beginning on/about 9/22 and
proceeding from Miami, up the west coast of FL to Louisiana. This
short cruise will obtain water samples for Atrazine for NOAA Charleston
lab. The cruise will also deploy automated drifters within the
loop current to assist in circulation modeling studies.
Sep 26, 2005 - The EPA ship BOLD will
initiate a cruise on about 9/26 as a partnership between EPA/NOAA
and FDA to occupy e-map sample
locations that were last sampled two years ago and to sample for
various constituents in the Northern Gulf. This cruise will have
an interagency team of scientists looking at broadscale contamination
issues. Additional efforts by this collaboration will look to re-occupy “Status
and Trends” locations.
NOAA ship GORDON GUNTER will depart Pascagoula,
MS for its fall bottom trawl survey 10/9-11/15. This survey will
provide broad scale sampling for distribution and abundance of
fish and shellfish and there will be piggybacking and further directed
sampling for toxics and nutrients.