Contaminants in Fish and Shellfish in the Stillaguamish River and Port Susan Marine Areas, Washington

Fact Sheet 2020-3043
Prepared in cooperation with the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians and the Washington State Department of Health
By: , and 

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Abstract

The greater Port Susan area of Central Puget Sound, Washington, is home to some of the Stillaguamish Tribe’s fishing, hunting, and gathering areas since time immemorial. It is also a popular sport and commercial fishing area for the public. Large shellfish beds lie in the Port Susan and Stillaguamish estuary and several Pacific salmon species return to the Stillaguamish River and Tulalip fishery every year. Clams and salmon are a local and consumable resource for Tribal members and the public. This review largely confirms existing recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health regarding clam and salmon human consumption advisories.

Suggested Citation

Moran, P.W., McBride, D., and Perez, F., 2020, Contaminants in fish and shellfish in the Stillaguamish River and Port Susan marine areas, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3043, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203043.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Where do these pollutants come from?
  • Why should we worry about pollutants in seafood?
  • Are organochlorines in our diet a concern?
  • Summary of Findings
  • Softshell Clam Results
  • Chinook Salmon Results
  • Future Assessment
  • Eat Fish, be Smart, Choose Wisely
  • References

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Contaminants in fish and shellfish in the Stillaguamish River and Port Susan marine areas, Washington
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2020-3043
DOI 10.3133/fs20203043
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Washington Water Science Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State Washington
Other Geospatial Camano Island
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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