Mercury monitoring in fish using a non-lethal tissue biopsy method
The occurrence of mercury in fish is well-known and often occurs at levels that warrant restricted consumption by sensitive human populations. Because of this, local wildlife and health agencies have developed monitoring programs to identify the magnitude of fish contamination and changes through time. Monitoring mercury levels in fish typically requires killing fish for removal of a fillet. Recently, researchers have proposed the use of a non-lethal tissue biopsy plug method as a surrogate for analysis of the entire fillet.
A non-lethal method is particularly desirable for sampling rare or endangered fish or highly valued fisheries. The Missouri Department of Conservation manages several fisheries where the public is sensitive to excessive fish removal, yet there is a desire for mercury information. One such example is the trophy smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) fishery in the Ozark’s Eleven Point River. Plug removal is not expected to affect fish survival in the shortterm. However, limited information is available on survival of fish for weeks or months after plug removal.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Mercury monitoring in fish using a non-lethal tissue biopsy method|
|Series title||Missouri Department of Conservation Science Notes|
|Publisher||Missouri Department of Conservation|
|Contributing office(s)||Contaminant Biology Program|
|Other Geospatial||Eleven Point River|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|