Impacts of Climate Change on Contaminants in Fisheries

Dr. Sunderland will discuss recent insights into factors controlling human and ecological exposures to methylmercury, and the implications of climate change for such risks.
  • Elsie M. Sunderland, Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Thursday, November 17, 5-6:30 pm
    in the series
    Adapting to Global Changes in Oceans and Fisheries
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  • Many environmental contaminants biomagnify in marine food webs, reaching high concentrations in top predators, posing health risks to humans and wildlife. Biomagnification is highly affected by dietary preferences of different species and locations of food foraging activity. The combination of climate driven changes in ocean conditions and fish harvesting activities by humans is causing major changes in marine food webs that also affect contaminant biomagnification. Using the example of methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin found ubiquitously in most marine environments, this presentation will explain how climate, global emissions and contaminant concentrations in marine food webs are intricately linked. The presentation will also discuss of the effectiveness of mitigation measures aimed at protecting human health such as emissions controls and dietary advisories for different fish species.

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When
November 17th, 2016 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
Location
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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